St Johnstone defender Jason Kerr may only be 21, but, he has already played in all four SPFL divisions, racking up an incredible 18 goals in 115 appearances to date. However, the Saints centre-back is keeping his feet on the ground as he prepares to face former club East Fife this afternoon.
Ahead of today’s match in the BetFred Cup, Kerr commented:
“Pre-Season has been good. We went to Austria for 6 days and done a lot of hard work over there; a lot of running! We know every game is going to be this season and that is no different with the BetFred Cup. We are coming up against a lot of good sides; Falkirk will be tough and East Fife, Montrose and Forfar won’t be pushovers either, so, we are under no illusions: it won’t be easy, but, our aim is to win the group as we want to progress in the cup.”
The Scotland Under-21 international made his senior debut for East Fife in August 2015, with Kerr facing the Methil men for the first time since leaving Bayview at the end of the 2016-17 season.
“East Fife hold a special place in my heart, being the club to give me my first matches as a professional, and it’ll be strange to be coming up against them, but, ultimately, I want to go out there and win the match with St Johnstone. I won League Two with them in my first season on-loan there and that is probably the biggest achievement of my career so far, to be honest. Gary Naysmith was a major influence on me – he knew what I need to improve on as a defender. With him playing as well at times, it was great for him to teach me things while we were out on the pitch. I have very fond memories of my time with East Fife as they have helped me become the player I am today.
I think having built my way up through the leagues, it has helped me,” continues Kerr. “There’s only so many reserve games you can play before you need to test yourself further against proper men. I think more youngsters should go out on loan and experience senior football first-hand as nothing beats playing competitive football.”
After a loan spell in the Championship last season with Queen of the South, Kerr ended the season fighting it out for a spot in the Perth sides starting eleven.
“It is good to have over 100 games under my belt at the age of 21; I can hopefully kick on again this season and add some more appearances in the Premiership. I am going to keep my feet on the ground as I have only had half-a-season in the Premiership with St Johnstone, so, while it would be good to start the season in the team and playing every week in the top-flight, I need to prove and show to the staff what I can do. I know that won’t be easy though as we have a lot of experienced defenders at the club such as Joe [Shaughnessy], Ando [Steven Anderson] and Fozzy [Richard Foster]; it is great having these guys around. The main thing is we have a positive season: hopefully we can finish up in the top six and have a good year, but, we will just take every game as it comes.”