St Mirren’s Wolves loanee Connor Ronan believes he’ll reap the benefits of a quick introduction to Scottish football in months to come.

The midfielder has missed four months of football with a broken metatarsal but made his first start for Saints in Saturday’s 0-0 Scottish Premiership draw. Ronan – who joined St Mirren on a season-long loan from Wolves on Deadline Day – was impressed by what he was able to give.

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The Wolves loanee said: “It was tough physically as that was my first game back from injury. My first training session was only last Monday, so it’s obviously a positive sign that the manager trusts me to put me in this early. I feel that I repaid him for that with the time I was on the pitch.

“Obviously I started to feel a little bit leggy and tired at times, but you can only get that fitness from playing games and I’m glad I’ve got those minutes under my belt now. It was a very open game and could have gone either way. They had the better chances in the first half and we got a bit more on top in the second half.

“A draw was probably a fair result. It was very open, which probably didn’t help the lungs! But that’s all in the bank now. In the first five to 10 minutes I was just trying to feel my way into the game. I didn’t get on the ball as much as I would have liked, but the main thing for me was just to get fitness in my legs.”

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