10 Feb Clarkson delighted to be playing first-team football
St Mirren striker David Clarkson says just being able to play football again was why he joined the club.
Clarkson, on loan from Motherwell, has been frustrated by his lack of first-team opportunities at Fir Park and has joined the Buddies until the end of the season.
And he says playing on a Saturday was an opportunity he couldn’t afford to turn down.
“The most important thing is to get game time,” he told PLZ Soccer.
“When you’re not playing it can be disheartening. For me I wanted to play games and I wanted to play at Motherwell but that hasn’t worked out as planned.
“I’ve had limited first-team opportunities so I want try to consolidate my place in the team and keep working hard and hopefully the goals will come.”
Goals weren’t an issue for Clarkson at the start of last season as he notched eight goals in as many games for Dundee.
However, they did eventually dry up and the 30-year-old found himself surplus to requirements at the Dark Blues before he moved to Motherwell.
Clarkson had little chance to make an impression with cameo appearances off the bench but he says he isn’t worried about the goal drought which goes back to last April and won’t be putting extra pressure on himself to find the back of the net.
“If you put too much pressure on yourself you don’t play your natural game that’s why I’m not putting pressure on myself to score goals.
“I’ll try to play my own game, the more game time I get then hopefully the better I become.
“You can do all the training you like and play in all the reserve games but nothing beats playing on a Saturday.”
The striker is already planning for his future having done his B-level coaching badge before doing his A-level badge this summer.
And Clarkson concedes it’s harder for older players to earn security which longer-term deals bring.
“It’s hard to get two or three-year deals when you’re 29 or 30.
“They’ve got so many options they can get young players and sign them on two or three-year deals on a lot less money and get two players instead of one.
“You’ve just got to keep going and hopefully the hard work will pay off.
“There’s more at stake, especially when you’ve family to look after and bills to pay.”