NEW boy Lewis Guy is hoping the element of surprise will help him to become a SPL star next season.
The former MK Dons hitman admits St Mirren supporters – and SPL opponents – will know little about him as he has spent his career in the lower leagues of English football.
However, 26-year-old Guy reckons that being a man of mystery can work to his advantage.
He told Express Sports: “Basically, this is a fresh start for me.
“You guys in the Press don’t know me and no-one in the SPL does either, so I’m coming in under the radar but I’m determined to do well.
“The fans will be able to judge me once the new season gets going and, hopefully, they’ll like what they see.”
Guy was also on the books of Newcastle, Doncaster Rovers, Hartlepool United, Oldham Athletic and Oxford United before signing a pre-contract agreement with St Mirren back in January.
Red tape prevented him from playing any competitive games for the Buddies last season but he was able to join his new team-mates for training and take part in bounce matches to give Danny Lennon and the rest of the coaching staff an idea of what he is capable of.
He said: “I’ve been training for the past three to four months, so I’m ready
“Obviously, it’s been a difficult time for me because I’ve not been able to play and show the St Mirren fans what I can do but I know what I can produce and I think our coach Tommy Craig does too because he knows me from our time at Newcastle United.
“I like to get in behind defenders and be direct.
“Last season, St Mirren had good strikers like Nigel Hasselbaink and Steven Thompson and, hopefully, I can do as well as they did.”
Guy is one of three new faces to be brought in by Lennon with next season in mind.
He will be joined by midfielder Jon Robertson, who has made the move from Cowdenbeath, and striker Sam Parkin, who was most recently at Queen of the South.
And Guy insists he has been impressed by the quality in the St Mirren squad ahead of the new season.
He added: “After signing my deal with St Mirren in January, I played a few bounce games, so I know all the guys and that’s good.
“It means that, when I go back for pre-season training next week, I’m not going in blind. It’ll feel as if I’ve been there for a while.”