After signing a new two-year deal at Tannadice, Stewart Murdoch insists the only thing in his mind is ensuring the second year of that deal is spent in the Premiership.
The midfielder-cum-right-back is delighted to be rewarded with a new deal until 2019 after impressing in the full-back position late last season.
Having the security of knowing where his future lies was a big thing for the former Ross County man but bigger still is getting United back in the top flight.
He said: “I’m delighted to get signed up and I can look forward to the next two seasons of football and have that wee bit of security of two years to really show what I can do.
“That security is massive. When you’re on a one-year contract, as soon as the season starts you’ve already got less than a year left.
“It’s nice the manager believes in me enough to give me a two-year contract and I’ve got a nine-month-old son, with things like that the security really helps.
“It’s just important the first year of my contract is a promotion-winning one.”
Murdoch is one of just a handful of first-teamers still around after the end-of-season clear-out by manager Ray McKinnon. That’s left a few holes to plug in the squad but Murdoch is confident in his manager’s ability to put together a promotion-winning side.
“We let go a lot of players so there is a big job for the manager to get people in but the noises I’ve heard are he’s not wanting to rush into anything, doesn’t want to make a mistake on a player.
“If it takes a bit of time but he gets the right players then everybody will be happy.
“I think there would be more unhappy fans if he brought in every name thrown at him.”
Meanwhile, new United signing Tam Scobbie has hit out at St Johnstone chairman Steve Brown for forcing him “out of the club”.
Scobbie joined the Tangerines last week on a two-year contract but revealed he was asked to take a paycut if he was to stay at McDiarmid.
He said: “The end left a bitter taste in my mouth. I felt I was undervalued and after speaking to United I realised how much they wanted me in comparison.
“I feel like I was forced out of the club by the chairman. I felt I was a part of a successful side and the manager was desperate to keep me. So to be offered a 35% wage cut was a slap in the face.
“It would be for anyone in any job. That sent a message the chairman didn’t fancy me.”