Dundee United’s desire to extend Mark Wilson’s contract tells Keith Watson he can expect continued competition for the right-back slot at Tannadice.
But that’s no problem for the 24-year-old.
In just short of seven years as a first-team player for the Tangerines, having a more experienced rival for his place has become the norm.
And it’s a challenge he relishes.
“In all my time in the squad, I’ve always had at least one older player who could play right-back as well,” he said.
“When I started, it was Sean Dillon. He’s still here but plays in the middle most of the time now.
“For a while it was Robbie Neilson and now it’s Mark, so it’s not something that’s new for me.
“And I welcome it because having good players like these guy in the squad has pushed me and it’s helped my game.”
As well as having to fight hard for his place, Watson believes the trio of players he’s mentioned have all helped him learn his position.
That’s something he’s grateful for.
“If you look at Mark he played for Celtic for a long time and has Champions League experience.
“For me, that’s great because I can look at the things he does on the park and the way he goes about things and pick up some good habits.”
Despite that ongoing battle for a starting place, Watson now has well over 100 competitive appearances under his belt.
The fact it’s not even more isn’t just been down to the quality of performer he’s been up against.
“I’ve had a few injuries in my time here, so I think the number of games I’ve played isn’t bad.
“If it hadn’t been for the times I’ve been out, I think I would have played a lot more games.”
After a spell out of the team, he returned at Kilmarnock last weekend and opened the scoring as Jackie McNamara’s team yet again hit four goals in a single game.
That took his tally to three in 12 appearances this term.
That’s a figure he’s happy with, as is the fact they all came at vital times.
“I have to admit I do like a goal.
“It’s great to get forward and help the boys out and last week I ended up scoring from the six- yard line, which is a bit unusual for me.
“I saw Stuart Armstrong overlapping on the left and knew big Brian Graham was going to send him away, so I just kept going and ended up on the end of his pass.
“It was nice it was the first goal and I do seem to have a habit of getting them, though it’s usually much earlier in the games.
“I don’t forget, though, that I’m a defender and my first job is to help make sure the opposition aren’t scoring.”
A turned ankle at Rugby Park has left Watson a doubt for tomorrow’s pre-Christmas clash with Ross County.
As United attempt to equal a 77-year-old club record of scoring four or more goals in six consecutive games, he insists that won’t sideline him.
“I’ve been working with the physio and the ankle is fine.
“I’ve just got back in the team and there is no way I want to miss the next game through injury.”
Despite talk among fans of “by how many”, he does stress nothing will be taken for granted, even if County are without a win in their last seven outings.
“We just take every game as it comes and make sure we work hard.
“I actually think in the last couple of games we haven’t been at our best but we’ve still scored four in each and that’s been because of our attitude.”