Alex Gogic thought he would become an instant Buddies hero after scoring what appeared to be a late game-winner against Motherwell on Tuesday night.
Just 24 hours after sealing his move to the club, he scored in the first game despite meeting his new Saints team-mates just an hour and a half before kick-off.
The super substitute wishes his header had sealed the three points, with Ross Tierney’s dramatic late equalizing goal robbing the Hibs borrower of a dream start to his Paisley career.
But the 27-year-old Cypriot international insists he has seen enough to believe St Mirren can finally break into the top six of the Premiership this season.
Gogic told Express Sport: “It’s been a while since I last scored. It would have been a perfect start if I had been the winner of the game, but that’s football and we lose two points.
“It wasn’t the best of games for both teams, but I was excited when I scored. With ten minutes to go I thought we were going to get the victory. Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be.
“I was surprised when I was signed to Eamonn Brophy but we are fighting for forwards at the moment so I was happy to come in and thought maybe he was going to be the target man.
“To be honest, I was happy to be able to play again after not playing for six weeks.
“I believe 100% that this club can finish in the top six.
“I have kept in touch with the manager for a long time and have talked about this and I know how much that means to him.
“Tough games ahead but we can play much better football than we played against Motherwell.
“Getting to the top six is our goal and I think we’re going to achieve it.”
Like his new club, Gogic endured a dizzying end to the winter transfer window when he turned down numerous other offers to make the move along the M8 and join the Saints.
St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has long been an admirer of the feisty midfielder, seeking to seal his signing before moving to Easter Road from Hamilton Accies in July 2020.
Gogic revealed that Goodwin’s praise had played a big part in convincing him that linking up with the Buddies was the right move at the right time, as his contract with Hibs is set to expire in the summer.
Gogic said: “The last 24 hours had been hectic. I trained in the morning with Hibs, said goodbye and then he was late to come here.
“I am happy that it happened because I want to play football.
“Jim had been in touch and there were a few other offers, but they weren’t right for me the way this one was.
“We started talking about the move on Friday and I am relieved that we have done it. Getting a goal was great, but I wish it had been a win.
“I took part in most of the games at Hibs in my first season, but last season I didn’t play that often, so I wanted to leave just so I could play again.
“The manager here loves the kind of player I am and that’s because he was like me during his career, so it’s a good sign for me.”
Despite making an instant impact on the fringes, Gogic will have to watch this weekend’s clash between his new club and his parent club from the stands.
He added: “It’s a strange situation, but I’ll have to watch the game. Now I’m a St Mirren player and I’m committed to them.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.