New St Johnstone forward Nigel Hasselbaink says he will be his own man and won’t be worrying about replacing Francisco Sandaza and Cillian Sheridan in Perth.
The diminutive attacker joined Steve Lomas’ side after deciding against signing a new contract with St Mirren. And he admitted the lure of playing in the Europa League qualifiers swayed him to sign on at McDiarmid Park.
He said: “It was just a feeling and I’m a boy who goes on feelings and I thought St Johnstone was the next stop for me. It is a good club and the gaffer and players look after me.
“I’m going to play in the Europa League which is a step up for every player and that’s no disrespect for St Mirren because I had a good year there.”
Hasselbaink has been brought in along with Gregory Tade to replace last season’s striking pair Sheridan and Sandaza.
The pair scored 23 goals between them last season as Lomas’ men finished sixth in the SPL table.
However 21-year-old Hasselbaink, who netted eight for St Mirren last term, said he doesn’t feel under pressure to replace them.
He added: “There’s no task there, they are Sheridan and Sandaza, I’m Nigel Hasselbaink so I’m a different player and I’ll do what I can do.
“No, never I don’t live life with pressure. I’m going to try to do what I always do, get one against ones and give defenders a hard time and try to create goals for this team.”
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