Rowan Vine wants to put four “embarrassing” years of his career behind him and shoot St Johnstone to second in the league.
The new recruit at McDiarmid Park has suffered a lean spell since signing for Birmingham City for £2.5m in 2007 but, after moving to Perth on a free transfer from QPR, is ready to get back on track.
Vine, 30, was prolific for Luton Town when he made his breakthrough in 2005, hitting 22 goals in two years to earn his transfer to St Andrews.
Things went sour for the striker in the midlands though and five loan spells from QPR yielded few goals in the English leagues.
Now Vine is eyeing a fresh start in the SPL, and is impressed by his new team-mates already. He said: “It’s all about the enjoyment factor of playing football and playing as much as I can, uninterrupted.
“It’s no secret when you look at my playing record that over the last three or four years for me are embarrassing. The five years before that I has an unbelievable playing record.
“I did well and had success so all I look to play as many games as I can and to help the team be as high up as they can.
“With Rangers not being in the league a lot of people think Celtic are going to run away with it. That might happen but second place is what a lot of teams will be looking at and thinking ‘we can establish ourselves as that team’.
“I’ve seen no reason why St Johnstone won’t be challenging at the top there.”
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