DANNY CADAMARTERI knows what’s coming when Town head to Hamilton on Sunday week.
And the evergreen attacker is aiming to use the July 17 New Douglas Park clash, and the rest of Town’s pre-season games, to stake a claim for a regular starting spot when the real business of League I gets under way.
The 31-year-old, who has just put pen to paper on a new Town contract, helped Dundee United to a 1-0 Scottish Premier League win at Hamilton last season.
Now he’ll be heading back to the Lanarkshire venue, where kick-off will be 2.00, for the first of two matches which form part of a training camp North of the border.
Town also go to Dunfermline, newly promoted to the SPL as Hamilton dropped down into the First Division, two weeks tonight, July 19 (7.30).
Cadamarteri spent 19 months in Scotland before returning to Town for a second spell just before the January transfer window closed.
He scored three goals in 14 appearances, but only two of them were starts, and he’s keen to bolster that tally.
“My aim is to work hard to get more time on the pitch,” said Cadamerteri, who signed a one-year deal at the same time as teammate Antony Kay agreed two-year terms.
“I want to contribute to another amazing run, just like we enjoyed last season (27 league games unbeaten) and hopefully this year it will result in automatic promotion to the Championship.
“The ambitions at this club are as strong as ever, and I want to be a part of where the management team are taking us.”
Cadamarteri was in the middle of his first spell at the Galpharm the last time Town played Hamilton, as part of Hartlepool’s centenary tournament in 2008.
Andy Booth scored in a 2-1 loss against Billy Reid’s side, who were preparing for their first top-flight campaign in 20 years after storming to the First Division title.
Relegation from the top flight has led to a major squad reshuffle, although Accies, formed in 1874 and the only British professional football club to have originated from a school team, have retained their record £1.8m signing, Czech keeper Tomas Cerny.
Boss Reid also has the backbone of an experienced side in defenders Martin Canning and Mark McLaughlin and midfielders Simon Mensing, skipper Alex Neil and Dougie Imrie, but warned: “If anyone thinks we will walk the First Division, they’ve got another thing coming.”