Ross Stewart and his team-mates head to second placed Dunfermline on Saturday in a top of the table clash at East End Park – and the Buddies aren’t willing to give up their top spot now they have reached the Championship summit.
Speaking of his move from Albion Rovers in the summer, the 22-year-old said:
“I have really enjoyed it so far; playing at a higher level and also coming in to train every day, full-time, it is great, so I am really enjoying it. This is something that I have always wanted to do; to progress, come in and train and play with these guys every day, it is just great!”
Stewart has had to, and still is, fighting for his spot in Jack Ross’ starting eleven but it is a challenge the striker is relishing.
“I think I have done OK: you are obviously playing with better players so to get into the team is harder and it is frustrating when you are not playing – like it is for any footballer when you aren’t playing every week – but the team is doing well so you can’t really argue. Earlier in the season, I got minutes and I got a few goals so I was happy with that.”
Playing alongside players such as Lewis Morgan and Cammy Smith can only benefit the Buddies strikers, including Stewart.
“As a striker, when you have players like that on either side of you, it is great because when you make movements in the box, you know they have got the quality to find you. That makes my job easier; they are also chipping in with goals themselves so when that happens, that also makes my job so much easier!”
Five games into the season for the Buddies and it has been a reasonable start by the men from Paisley.
“Top of the league is where we want to be. It is still early days but we have been playing really well and working really hard, to even get to the top of the table, so, we are there, we have to keep our standards high to make sure we stay there. With the new [play-off] format, it makes it slightly tougher to get promoted, so, if we can finish top of the league and become champions it means we can go up automatically and that is what we hope to do.”
Thanks to Kyle Gunn for allowing me to publish this interview which he conducted yesterday. Please find below Kyle’s audio with Ross Stewart, as well as a link to his website.