St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin says Charles Dunne performed like a ‘Rolls Royce’ in his first 90 minutes of football since 2019.

The defender joined Saints from Motherwell on a two-year deal earlier this summer, having not played a full game since a match with Hamilton in August 2019. Dunne was one of several debutants – including ex-Motherwell teammate Curtis Main – to impress on their Paisley debuts as Goodwin’s side beat Dunfermline 1-0 in the Premier Sports Cup.

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Dunne joined from Motherwell in the summer. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A versatile defender, Dunne was sidelined for nearly two years with a variety of issues, predominantly a bruised bone. Goodwin says St Mirren have taken a gamble on Dunne, but it looks like it could pay off: “I can’t remember ever putting that many debutants into a team for the first game of the season before.

“They all looked really good, along with the lads who were here before, and we have strength in depth now. This was only Charles’ third game in 22 months and a whole 90 minutes in so long. He looked like a Rolls Royce at times.

 

“Left-sided centre-back’s with pace are really hard to find. We have taken a bit of a punt on the big man but we were satisfied with the medical and now he’s looking great. We want to work the ball wide and get crosses into the box.

“It was a really good performance. I would love to have had another two or three goals but if you had offered me 1-0 before the game, I probably would have taken it. Dunfermline didn’t surprise me as I knew how they would play. Once we got to grips with it, we dominated the second half.”

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