Queens new signing Shea Gordon hopes that after recovering from Covid he can give the South a much healthier position in the Championship table.
The midfielder joined the Palmerston side on loan from Partick Thistle just hours before the side headed north to play Inverness and was thrown straight into Allan Johnston’s starting XI for his beginnings.
The 23-year-old was delighted to be back on the pitch and is looking forward to his new challenge.
He said: “It was a tough game, really intense, with ups and downs.
“There were a lot of tough runs and breaks but I’m happy to be back playing. It’s been a while now since I’ve played properly so I’m looking forward to continuing.
“Just got back from having Covid, I wasn’t well for a few days but recovered and trained for a week and a half. I’m naturally fit so was happy to go directly and to have playing time.”
He added: “The main reason I joined the club is to get playing time. You come to play and do good for the club, that has to be the main thing. When you come on loan, you want to play well. do and impress, so hopefully I can score some goals and create some as well to help the team move up the league a bit.
Gordon was instrumental as Queens took the lead at Caledonian Stadium and the hosts fought back, the visitors showing resilience to take a share of the points with the feeling on loan they could have taken all three.
He said: “We performed well and the fact that we were disappointed not to win shows how well we did.
“That’s what we have to do to move forward. We have shown that we can compete, we are not miles away from these teams. We have shown that we are more than good enough to play for one of the best teams in the league, so we have to take that into account over the next few weeks.
Queens boss Allan Johnston was also pleased with the debutant and the result.
He said: “I’m sure he’s going to be a big asset. I think he played well and it was a good start. He was out and didn’t play for a while, which is why he felt cramped at the end, but there were plenty of encouraging signs.
“I think we played well and it was a really good team performance, I think we were unlucky to come away with a point.
“We created a lot of chances against one of the best defenses in the league and we looked dangerous going forward. We took care of the physical aspect, but we still gave away cheap goals, so we have to defend better, but we worked hard.
Having lost Innes Cameron, the manager hopes Gordon won’t be the only new face in this transfer window.
He added: “We’re still looking to add a few players, but it’s tough in January because there’s a lot of competition.”