PARTICK THISTLE new boy Steven Lawless got off the mark in Tuesday night's pre-season friendly against Alloa – and the 21-year-old is hopeful there will be plenty more to come once the season gets underway.
Lawless showed good awareness and a nice touch in his first outing for the Jags and after coming through the ranks with Motherwell as a kid.
He revealed that Well boss Stuart McCall liked the look of him, but the form of his side last season meant he was never going to get his chance.
"At 21 I now need to be playing every week and I hope that is what I can do here at Thistle," he said.
"At Motherwell I was not in a position where I could go and chap on the manager's door because his side were excellent from the first game to last – there was just never an obvious opening there.
"I had to make a call and I think it is the right thing to do, to go and try and develop myself elsewhere.
"I feel as though I've settled in well to the Thistle squad, the gaffer has made me welcome and the rest of the lads have been great too.
"It was nice to get off the mark against Alloa because it takes a wee bit of pressure off. I wouldn't say I'm an out-and-out forward – I'd say my best position is on the right-hand side and drifting in, but to be honest, I'll play wherever the manager wants me to."
He added: "I'm desperate just to get started and get out there. I feel good and because I have not been in a position where I've been playing week in, week out, I just can't wait to start the season and try to prove that I am good enough.
"We feel as though we have a good squad here and we are looking forward to getting the chance to go out and prove that when the season gets underway."