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Success with Ross County help Keith Watson banish memories of injury-hit St Johnstone spell

Keith Watson in action for Ross County.
Keith Watson in action for Ross County.

Keith Watson’s success with Ross County has helped him put an injury-ravaged spell with Saturday’s opponents St Johnstone behind him.

Defender Watson was limited to only eight appearances in two seasons with Saints due to knee problems following his move from St Mirren in 2016, while he also spent time on loan with English side Hartlepool United.

Watson played a major role in helping County secure the Championship title after joining County last summer, and has racked up a total of 44 appearances for the Dingwall outfit.

The 29-year-old insists the Staggies have helped rekindle his enjoyment of football.

He said: “I was there for two seasons, but it was a frustrating time.

“I didn’t play as many games as I should have, but I did enjoy it, I got on well with the boys. It has worked out well for me, because I’ve played a lot of games at County and won trophies. For me, that’s massive. I’m looking forward to the game on Saturday.

“Going from such a frustrating spell to playing and doing well at County has been great. I’ve absolutely loved it, and I think my decision to come up here was definitely worthwhile.”

Saints are still searching for their first Premiership win of the season at Victoria Park, with the Perth side occupying bottom spot in the table.

Watson reckons a revival is inevitable from Tommy Wright’s men but he hopes to delay it this weekend.

He said: “He has been there for a good while, and he has won the Scottish Cup with them.
“He has been getting into the top six when people weren’t expecting him to get there.

“They’ve lost a bit of experience now, I think they’ve got a younger squad, so it’s difficult to keep that success up year after year.

Keith Watson and Richard Foster during their time with St Johnstone.

“They have still got a very good side and they’re more than capable of picking up plenty of points.

“I definitely wouldn’t write them off, teams can have a bad start and we’re just hoping that come Saturday that is going to continue and we come away with the three points.”

County return to home action after picking up four points from away matches against Motherwell and Kilmarnock, and Watson feels his side have built a strong foundation for the campaign.

Watson added: “We want to win every game, but our home form since I’ve been here has been excellent.

“We fancy ourselves up here against anyone, but away from home it’s a lot more difficult.

“Any points you do pick up are a bonus. The win against Motherwell was great, and the point against Killie, they all add up and come the end of the season they could be important points.”

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