Mark Howard knows the importance of a good pre-season as he looks to make a return to competitive first-team action.
Howard, who has now fully overcome the thigh muscle problem that plagued him for much of last term, played 45 minutes of United's 1-0 victory over Greenock Morton at Cappielow Park on Wednesday and is expected to feature at Cowdenbeath on Saturday (3pm kick-off).
Speaking from United's training base north of the border, the experienced goalkeeper remarked: "It was fantastic to get some minutes back on the pitch after what was such a frustrating season last term.
"Personally it was a relief to get back out there and it is obviously always nice to win.
"Pre-season is often considered to be about fitness for the outfield players, but for goalkeepers it is more about switching back on mentally.
"You get back into the swing of things quickly when you are reading the game properly and communicating with your defenders."
Confirming his fitness and looking ahead, Howard added: "I feel fit and strong; I am doing a lot more work now to prevent anymore problems in the future and I'm excited to be back amongst the lads."