January 17, 2019

Loan Signing: Lawrence Shankland

St Mirren manager, Alex Rae strengthened his attacking options further this afternoon by bringing in Aberdeen striker Lawrence Shankland on loan until the end of the season.

Lawrence impressed during his season-long loan spell with Saints last season as he netted 10 goals in 32 appearances.

The 20-year-old started out his career with Queen’s Park making his senior debut at age 16 and going on to make 39 appearances for The Spiders, scoring 13 goals in the process.

In the summer of 2013 Lawrence headed north-east to sign up for The Dons. Over the second half of the 2013/14 season the striker went out on loan to Dunfermline Athletic where he netted 7 goals in 14 appearances.

He made his debut for Aberdeen in September 2014 in a Premiership match against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, the first of 17 outings for the Pittodrie side, 2 of them in the starting line-up.

Lawrence also got his first cap for the Scotland Under-21 side in March 2015, scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory against Hungary.

Shortly after confirming his return to The Buddies, Lawrence spoke with the club’s official website: “I’m happy to be back and I’m looking forward to another, hopefully, good time while I’m here. I felt I came on a lot last year, obviously just with game time the more I was playing I seemed to improve every week and I was enjoying that so I’m looking forward to working with the new signings as well. Obviously John [Sutton] is an experienced player and I’ve worked with Clarky before so I’m looking forward to it.”

The forward always thought there was a chance he would be back and expects to settle in quickly having been with Saints last season.

Lawrence said: “I was hoping so because I enjoyed my time here that much and I enjoyed working with the boys and staff here. I liked everything about the club so if there was a chance of me going on loan I was looking forward to hopefully coming back here.

“I think it will be a big help because sometimes it takes a couple of weeks to settle in at a new club but I’ve been here and I’m not long away and I know most of the boys here. Obviously just a few new ones I need to meet, but apart from that I’m sure I’ll be fine.”

Lawrence updated on his pre-season preparations to date: “It went alright. The training has been difficult at times but obviously the game time was a bit of a problem as I wasn’t getting as much as I wanted and that has obviously played a part in going out on loan again. I’m looking forward to coming here and hopefully force my way into the team and get as much playing time as I can.

“I got a good 90 minutes on Sunday, I had a game where I ended up just going and joining-in with the under-20s so I made sure I got all of the 90 minutes in. I just went and ran as much as I could really so I got what I could out of that. Match sharpness will come, the more games I play, minutes I get under my belt so I’ll just need to take that in my stride and see how I get on.”

The striker knows that the Championship is of a high standard again this season and he is looking forward to the challenge.

He said, “There’s a lot of big clubs and good teams in the league and I’m sure it will be difficult. It will be a good league to take part in with big, big games coming up a lot so I’m looking forward to it.

“Personally I’ll just look to help out as much as I can and do hopefully as well as I felt I did last year towards the end of the year and get myself on the score sheet as much as I can. But I’ll just look to work hard and get us up that table as far as we can.”