MICHAEL PATON is determined to make up for last season’s frustrations after penning a new one-year deal to stay at Dunfermline.
The 28-year-old joined the Pars in 2015 and helped the club win the League One title last year.
But the former Aberdeen and Queen of the South forward suffered a disappointing campaign last season after undergoing a hernia operation last summer.
With his contract expiring, Paton, who made just 18 league appearances, had to prove his fitness in pre-season training before being offered fresh terms.
Now, he has his sights firmly set on helping the Fifers win promotion back to the Premiership.
He said: “I’m delighted. It’s taken a wee while to get there but it’s done now and I’m just looking forward to getting going and starting the season again and getting back playing.
“At the end of a contract you weigh your options up and so does the club. The manager and myself were speaking over the summer and wondering what our best options were.
“I know where the club’s wanting to go and I want to be part of that.
“I’ve been training a couple of days to check my fitness and we came to the agreement it was best for me to stay here and I’m ready to kick on.
“Last season was a wee bit of a stop-start season because of my hernia operation. I was playing catch-up from day one, really.
“And the team picked up when I was starting to get fit, and it was hard to get back in.
“But I’m fit now and so there’s no excuses this season and I want to hit the ground running.”