ST MIRREN defender Calum Waters fears the coronavirus lockdown means he has played his last game for the Paisley club.

Waters, who is on loan from Kilmarnock, has played 31 times for Saints this season, gaining some much-needed Premiership experience.

And the 24-year-old full-back reckons he is already seeing the benefits from his time as a top team regular.

“It’s going to be so beneficial for me moving forward, as that experience is what I’ve been needing to try and improve me as a player," said Waters. "You have got to be put in pressurised situations where you haven’t been before and figure out how to handle that.

"I think, over the course of the season, I have seen an improvement and made adjustments to my game.

“Hopefully I haven’t played my last game for St Mirren but, if I have, it's been an absolute pleasure.

"Everyone at the club has been fantastic and the fans have been brilliant. They have followed us all around the country through the good times and the bad. I’m so appreciative of their words of support and I can’t thank them enough.”

Waters admits he was gutted to see the season being suspended as the Covid-19 outbreak took its toll, especially considering the Buddies had just beaten bottom-of-the-table Hearts to go into ninth spot.

“I was so disappointed to see it stopped, especially when there was only eight games to go," said Waters. "You always get that buzz for the run-in towards the end of the season.

"The fact we had that massive win against Hearts and we didn’t get a chance to follow that up was a bit gutting, although we did have a long injury list after that game, so if the league is to restart, we would have a good few bodies back fit.

“I have a Shih Tzu called Milly, so I have been walking her more than ever just now. I have just been training most days of the week and doing some gym work. There is really nothing else to do, so it's good as it gets me out of the house for a couple of hours.

"Also, me and my mates have being playing pro clubs on FIFA, although they’re not very good, so I’m having to carry them most games."

If his time in the black-and-white stripes has come to an end, Waters would single out a debut win at home against Aberdeen in August as his St Mirren highlight.

He added: “The stadium was packed and we put in a great display and I quickly found out how big the club was.

"Another highlight would be the away win against Hamilton, as the away fans always travel in great numbers. We were also away on our Christmas night out after that game, so it was a lively dressing room afterwards.”


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