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Steven Bradley is braced for a gruelling summer as he bids to kick-start his Livingston career next term after admitting he has not performed well enough since arriving in January.

The 21-year-old joined the Lions on a two-and-a-half-year deal midway through the season after previous club Hibernian allowed him to leave in search of regular game time.

Winger Bradley has started 13 matches for Livingston, but he is disappointed with his form and feels he has a lot more to offer than he has shown so far.

“I started off really well,” he said. “The first few games we were winning but since then I’ve not been at my best. I’ve not been consistent enough personally. I’m trying to improve every day and get better but it is hard at times.

“Sometimes if I’ve not had the best game, I think about what I can do to change it. It’s about trying to find a way to improve every day in training and become more consistent in games.

“It affects you when you’re not playing at your best because you go home after a game and look back and think ‘I wish I’d done this different, I wish I’d done that different’ and that plays on your mind.

“It can be frustrating at times but I’m still young and I feel like I’ve got time to improve and make my game better and become more consistent. That’s my aim personally.

“I’m confident it will start to click next season. I’ve got a big summer ahead where I’ll be working on things I can improve, especially the physical side of my game, my strength. I’ve been given a plan so I’ll be in the gym a lot over the summer. It’s all about doing the right things in the summer.”

Livingston, who had hopes of qualifying for Europe a few months ago, have slipped to eighth in the cinch Premiership after losing eight of their last 11 league games, but Bradley is hoping they can enjoy a strong finish to the campaign, starting with Saturday’s match at home to bottom-of-the-table Dundee United.

“I’m looking forward to the next three games,” said Bradley. “We’re all determined to get nine points out of the three games so hopefully I can contribute to that and play much better than I have been.”