Midfielder Martin Woods expects Dundee boss Jim McIntyre to put together a team of fighters this month that the Dens Park faithful can get behind as they stare a drop battle in the face.
The 32-year-old, who is expected to extend his short-term deal with the club, was part of the Ross County rebuild job done by the current Dark Blues gaffer back in 2014-15.
McIntyre’s new-look side kept the club in the top-flight and Woods is backing his boss to repeat that feat.
By the end of January, 12 new players had come in with nine departing Dingwall before embarking on a epic run of eight wins and a draw from nine games between February and the end-of-season split – with Woods kicking off the run with an opener against Motherwell on Valentine’s Day.
He said: “There’s no hiding that the gaffer wants to make a lot changes, get people in he can trust and that know the style of play he wants.
“The previous manager recruited in a certain way and it doesn’t suit the current manager, so I expect a lot of changes and we’ll be a lot stronger team come the end of January.
“January was huge for us at Ross County, we found a team and went on a crazy run.
“It was really, really good but it’s a tough league and the players who come in have to hit the ground running.
“They need to have the right character and the manager will be looking to do that with his recruitment.
“It doesn’t always click straight away but that’s why the manager will be looking for certain types, for people who are reliable.”
The Dark Blues finished off a dreadful year with a woeful performance in a 2-0 home defeat to St Johnstone on Saturday which only made the need for a raft of changes to the squad clearer to see.
Woods added: “When the chips were down on Saturday it wasn’t good enough, it was poor, lacking energy, lacking bravery. Bringing in the right people who have been there and done it, have got the drive to take the ball and make something happen and can make the flash that gets us back into the game will make us a lot stronger.”
Woods has made a real impact on the side since penning a short-term contract that expired after the weekend loss.
Even in that defeat, the former Partick man drew the only positive shout from the crowd as he squared up to a couple of St Johnstone men with the yell ‘at least he’s showing a bit of fight’ coming from the home support.
“I would agree with that,” Woods said.
“That was out of pure frustration. The crowd in the main have been absolutely brilliant and that’s just not me trying to be the good guy and get everybody up.
“I think they’ve been really good for the position the club is in.
“They just want people battling, people at it, giving their lot – that’s the least you should be giving. I think those will be the types the manager is after in January, giving what he is like as a guy and what he demands of people.
“He’ll want people to go and give their lot, it might not be perfect every week, but they’ll give their full lot and they’ll have some guts.”
Though he’s not signed yet till the end of the season, Woods says he’s keen to stay on.
He added: “We spoke after the game and that’s ongoing just now, we’ll see what happens.
“I’ve loved my time here, the fans have been great with me, the boys have been great, too, getting me right in the mix straight away.
“The manager has been really good, I know what I’m getting from him but I think he needs a bit of help so, hopefully, he gets that this month and gets a few boys in who are up for the challenge.”