JASON TALBOT has penned a new one-year deal with Dunfermline and is convinced the Pars can aim for promotion next season.
The Fifers finished fifth this term and, had it not been for a slow start, could have landed a play-off spot.
Having just won promotion from League One 12 months ago, Talbot reckons a mid-table finish was respectable for the East End Park outfit.
But, after expressing his delight at extending his stay at the club, he believes they should be aiming much higher next season.
The former Bolton, Port Vale and Livingston left-back said: “I’m very happy. I stated towards the end of last season that I wanted to stay.
“I’ve not finished with Dunfermline, not by a long shot. I think I can give more, and I want to give more to the club, and I’m happy to be a part of next season.
“I went away and enjoyed a break with my family, which was nice, and when I came back the offer was there.
“I took it straight away, there wasn’t much deciding to do, it was a case of ‘I want to stay’ and that was it. I’ve not looked anywhere else once.
“What’s next? Hopefully we can gain promotion. We gave it a massive push from the middle of the season onwards and showed what we are more than capable of doing.
“So, hopefully we can build on the squad we already had and push for promotion. That’s our aim and that would be fantastic.”
Talbot joins Lee Ashcroft, Nat Wedderburn, Callum Morris and Kallum Higginbotham in re-signing, whilst former PSG defender Jean-Yves M’voto has moved across Fife after suffering relegation with Raith Rovers.
Manager Allan Johnston said: “I’m delighted to get Jason back on board and hopefully he’ll be a big player for us.
“You could see in the second half of the season how well we defended and we’re going to need that again if we’re going to be challenging.
“Jason gives us that and he’s got that wee bit of experience as well.”