Strain striving for minutes as Aussie makes return

Ryan Strain hasn't heard his name read out in a starting line-up in a long old time.

On Saturday, when it was known he'd be starting against Motherwell, the 26-year-old couldn't wait for kick-off and admitted it was "amazing" just to be back out on the pitch.

The Australia international has been out with a groin injury since November, but was once again at Stephen Robinson's disposal.

"It's tough when you are injured but being back with the lads all day was great for me and I can't wait for the next match," he told St Mirren TV.

"It's been a long four months, but it was really good to get 45 minutes under my belt.

"I've come off a long injury so I have to get my fitness back and hopefully I can play longer next time out.

"You can run as much as you want in training, but match fitness is big so I can't wait to get more games under my belt and get back to it."

The next game for Strain and St Mirren is back in Paisley as they welcome Hearts in the final game before the split. The full-back scored the winner the last time the Jambos were in town and he wouldn't mind reliving such scenes with the fans again this weekend.

"I can't wait to play in front of the fans again," he added.

"They've been brilliant this year home and away so hopefully it'll be a big turn out again."