Last season was a great one for St Johnstone defender Steven Anderson.
He broke the club appearance record and was once again an integral part of another fantastic Saints achievement with the team finishing fourth, their fifth top-six finish in a row.
Fourth place failed to earn them European football in the coming season but Ando is pleased the longer break will give him a rest.
He said: “It was another good season but I had a number of injuries including a fractured eye socket sustained in the home Europa League tie against Alashkert.”
Ankle and hamstring injuries also affected the former Dundee United youth skipper.
However, come the start of pre-season training he will be raring to go.
Steven added: “We finished last season well and want to start the new one in the same fashion. After the split we won four games and drew one.
“The draw was away to Hearts in our last game and we were 2-0 up, so it’s a pity we couldn’t make it five wins out of five.
“However, it just shows the quality we have at the club, the fact we can take on and beat the best in the league.
“Prior to the Hearts 2-2 draw we had beaten Celtic 2-1 at McDiarmid Park, coming from a goal behind to do so.
“We have built up a great record in the last few seasons with top-six finishes and want that to continue.
“The manager has added new players so it looks like we will be stronger in the coming season.
“Hopefully, we can continue to do well. It was good being in the Europa League but we’ve missed out this season. However, the rest will do me good.”