Football - Teale reveals basic approach

St Mirren winger Gary Teale claims going back to basics has been the secret behind his rediscovered form.

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The 34-year-old former Scotland international's displays this term have been reminiscent of the those that earned him 13 caps for his country.

The former Wigan and Derby midfielder played a crucial role in the Buddies' Scottish Communities League Cup win over Hearts last month and has now won himself a one-year extension to his contract, with the opportunity to add an extra 12 months after that should he play a set number of games next year.

But Teale admits his performances last season were not up to scratch as he struggled to adapt to boss Danny Lennon's passing philosophy.

This term, however, he's reaped the benefits of getting back to what he does best.

He said: "Last year, I thought I would maybe have to try to change my game as the gaffer was trying to bring in more of a passing game.

"Don't get me wrong, we still do that, but I've tried to get back to being more direct, the type of style I've played my whole career.

"My game was always about getting at defenders and getting crosses into the box.

"I probably changed my game too much last season when I thought I had to sit in a bit more and keep it simple, keep it moving.

"But I've went back to doing what I've done for the majority of my career, being direct, and thankfully it's worked this year."

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