Thompson welcomes strike partners
St Mirren striker Steven Thompson is relishing the chance to play alongside a strike partner this season.
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Thompson scored 16 goals last season, twice as many as second-top goalscorers Nigel Hasselbaink and midfielder Paul McGowan.
Hasselbaink played a wider role before moving to St Johnstone and Saints manager Danny Lennon brought in centre-forwards Lewis Guy and Sam Parkin to replace him.
Thompson said: "It's good because this year we have been starting with two strikers, which is excellent for me to share the workload a bit.
"The stronger the squad, the better. Most of the clubs I have been at have had a bare minimum of four strikers.
"It's great for competition and also great for when you get suspensions and injuries throughout the season.
"I really enjoyed the responsibility of being up there on my own and I think I thrived upon it.
"I was really, really pleased with my total as far as goals were concerned, but I was pleased with my overall contribution.
"But hopefully this year I can have as big a contribution and the team itself can go that one step more and get into the top six."
Guy returns from suspension for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at Motherwell on Sunday, giving Lennon options up front.
"Lewis is very much on the shoulder, you'll not see him coming to the ball, he likes to spin in behind a lot," Thompson said.
"Big Sam has excellent feet, has great balance for a big lad and is dangerous in the box, holds the ball up well.
"So it's great to have an array of different strikers who bring different qualities."