STRIKER Steven Doris is hoping to be fitter and stronger than ever before this season and it looks as though his hard work may be starting to pay off.
Doris, who is now in his third season at Gayfield, grabbed two goals in what was his first league start of the campaign after being suspended for the opening two matches.
The 23-year-old bagged 16 goals last season and struck up a brilliant partnership with fellow front man Gavin Swankie.
But after a recent chat with manager Paul Sheerin, the pair agreed that Doris could have even more to give with improved fitness being one of the ways to up his game.
And Doris says that something he has been working hard on, even outside of normal training.
He explained: “I just want to be as fit and strong as possible so I have just been keeping working and have been doing a lot of running outside of training.
“After I left full-time football at St Johnstone, I went from training everyday to training twice a week and that definitely has an impact on your fitness.
“It was after the St Johnstone game in pre-season that we had a chat about things and improving my fitness is one of the things I’m trying to do.
“The manager has also been in the same position as me so he has been a great help.”
A red card in the League Cup against Livingston at the start of the campaign meant Doris was forced to watch the Albion Rovers and Stenhousemuir games from the sidelines.
And after coming back into the team on Saturday to face East Fife, he was more than happy to link up once again with Swankie and get back on the scoresheet.
He added: “I was delighted to be back scoring again and just happy to be involved again after two weeks out.
“Me and Swankie have always had a good partnership and we just know what each other is going to do so we work well together.
“We just somehow know what to expect from each other and after playing together for a year now, we just hope to carry on the same this season and score more goals.”
And even though Doris was happy with his performance he also spared a mention for his team mates in defence who didn’t leak any goals for the first time during this campaign.
He said: “It is also great keeping a clean sheet.
“And you have to be pleased for all the boys who play at the back.”