GAVIN REILLY is hoping to put his Hearts misery in the past after leaving to join St Mirren on a one-year deal in the wake of the ‘worst season of his carer’.
The 24-year-old moved to Hearts two years ago but failed to make the expected impression on the Tynecastle top team after arriving with an impressive record of 43 goals from 81 starts with Queen of the South.
Managing just four goals from 32 appearances for the Jambos, Reilly moved on loan to Dunfermline last term in a bid to get his career back on track.
But the luckless marksman suffered a groin injury that denied him game-time and dented his confidence, and he scored just twice for the Pars in 28 outings.
Having been made to feel wanted by St Mirren manager Jack Ross and assistant James Fowler, who he worked with at Queen of the South, Reilly is now determined to prove himself all over again and help shoot the Buddies to success next season.
He said: “I’m glad everything is sorted now and I’m just looking forward to getting going. I knew straight away when Jack spoke to my agent and said they were interested that this would be a great place to come.
“I worked with him briefly at Hearts and with James Fowler at Queen of the South, so I knew this would be a good setting for me.
“I had my best period at Queen of the South with James and it was a good season, so that was a big draw for me.
“Last season was really disappointing in terms of game-time. I got injured and it was a frustrating season, the most frustrating of my career.”
He added to stmirren.com “So, the main thing is I’m looking at it as a fresh start and just looking to get playing regularly again, and scoring and contributing as much as I can.”