‘No excuses’ admits fully fit Michael Paton as ex-Aberdeen attacker signs new Dunfermline contract

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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.

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“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.”

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