St Johnstone prepare for training camp in Spain as preparations for new season ramp up

St Johnstone’s preparations for the new season will include a summer training camp in Spain.

Manager Callum Davidson takes his players to the Region of Murcia for six days of hard work and team building.

The Saints, who brought in Andy Considine and Drey Wright last week, are preparing for their first competitive Premier Sports Cup game on July 12.

“We start again on Wednesday and can’t wait to get started,” Davidson said.

“Obviously we still have a few injuries from last season, but most of the boys will be back and ready to go.

“We are going to Spain next week which will be great for the guys to spend a few days there.

“We were supposed to go in January for a camp, but it was canceled, so it’s great to finally be able to do it.

“The boys are going to work hard, lots of double sessions, and it’s also great for bonding as a team.

“Hopefully we’ll get some new faces before that as well. We’re working hard to bring them in.

“We missed a few, sometimes it’s hard because you think you have someone and then they end up signing somewhere else.

“But we’re not the only club this is happening to, just moving on and trying to get next on the list.

“We signed some experience, which I think was important, and now we’re looking to add some excitement and quality up the pitch.

“When you look at last season, we didn’t get past enough players to create chances – so that’s what we’re looking for now. We need to bring in the right people to help our forwards score goals.

A new addition, Wright has proven he can shine in a Perth shirt during a previous spell with the Saints.

Davidson said: “I wanted Drey to stay when I took over two years ago. Good to have it on board now.

“I haven’t really worked with Drey, I met him with Tommy at Bridge of Allan before he signed here but left before I had the chance to work with him.

“So Drey is like a whole new player to me and I’m looking forward to working with him.

“Even though I was away, I’ve seen him enough to know what he’s talking about and I’ve also seen him when he was playing for Hibs.

“He suits us well, he’s versatile and has good energy and pace.

“He can play at the back, wide on either side and also higher if necessary.

“He enjoyed his time here before and was very keen to come back.

“As a club, we’ve done well with this kind of signing before and hopefully Drey can get back on track here with us.”

Striker Callum Hendry bid an emotional farewell to club and city on Friday after signing for English League Two side Salford.

Davidson said: “Callum did brilliantly for us when he returned from loan at Kilmarnock.

“He scored a lot of important goals and did everything to keep us in the league.

“It was clear he wanted to return to England, so we thank him for his efforts and wish him all the best for the future.”