St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas always knew Sam Parkin would revive his career despite releasing him in January.
Parkin returns to McDiarmid Park with St Mirren looking to end his former club's three-match winning streak in the SPL. The striker, who scored in a 5-4 win over Ross County last weekend, made two appearances under Lomas after recovering from a broken ankle but could not secure a regular place and was released to allow him to kick-start his career at Queen of the South.
After scoring six goals for Queens, the 31-year-old won a move back to the SPL and Lomas is wary of the powerful striker. He said: "Sam was very unfortunate at our place. He was probably, at the time, fifth in line and he was just coming back."
"But I always knew from England that Sam would do a decent job for somebody," added Lomas.
"He is a very good player. Obviously you don't go to Chelsea as a kid if you're not a decent player.
"I always knew he would do well but just at the time, I just couldn't give Sam any game time.
"I felt it was right to give him an opportunity, after missing so much football, to get back playing."