Dunfermline captain Andy Geggan insists the Pars players are looking over their shoulder following manager Allan Johnston’s summer recruitment drive.
Experienced former Patrick Thistle and Kilmarnock playmaker Kallum Higginbotham was unveiled as the latest arrival on Monday, with Gavin Reilly, Paul McMullan, Nate Wedderburn and Lee Ashcroft already having made the switch.
The Fife outfit will bid to challenge for the play-offs on their return to the Championship this season and midfielder Geggan insists the fierce competition for places can help them realise their objective.
“I think he’s been a good addition and the gaffer has done well.
“He’s made it difficult for the ones that are starting, there’s boys on that bench that are champing at the bit to get on and you see quality that’s on the bench. It can’t be a bad thing.
“In the first day in training the new signings came in and we gelled straight away.
“There’s also a lot of us still there from last season but the likes of Nate and Gavin Reilly coming in has been great.”
Geggan scored the second in Tuesday’s 3-0 Betfred Cup win over Arbroath in the Pars’ first competitive outing of the campaign and the skipper is keen to add more goals to his game after finding the net six times last term.
He added: “That’s what I’m looking for this year, I’m looking to get a lot more goals. The manager’s wanting me to push up a wee bit and get involved in the play.
“We feel good getting the victory on Tuesday but we weren’t up to our usual standards in the first half. I thought in the second we came in to it a wee bit more, and we got the goals we needed.”