Byline: Robert Thomson
STEVEN ANDERSON is St Johnstone's second longest-serving player behind permanent McDiarmid Park fixture Peter MacDonald.
But it is only now, seven years after joining the club, that the defender is prepared to consider himself a first-team regular.
The 25-year-old was signed by former manager Owen Coyle when his youth-team contract at Dundee United expired but, despite having played in excess of 100 games as Saints moved from the First Division to the SPL, he has never embarked on a serious run of matches.
However, with veteran Michael Duberry by his side, Anderson has flourished this season and, after so long trying to make a permanent breakthrough, has finally secured a starting spot.
Anderson, who is gearing up to face Hamilton on Tuesday, said: 'This is one of my longest runs in the team and it is well overdue.
'I had a run last season when we came into the SPL but I don't think I really took my chance to make the place my own.
'But I must be doing something right if I am playing every week.
'Now I just have to keep it going and make sure I'm on the team sheet.
'I started off in the side against Hearts on the first day of the season but got myself sent off and I had to push for a place all over again. …