Dundee United’s Cammy Smith believes the club have added players who possess the right stuff for the battles ahead.
The 23-year-old playmaker was one of the early January additions, arriving for his second spell at Tannadice after leaving Premiership side St Mirren for an undisclosed fee.
United boss Robbie Neilson signed 11 players in total during the window, including five on deadline day.
His new-look side got off to a great start on Saturday, beating Morton 2-1 at home with the manager praising the leadership qualities of the likes of Mark Connolly, Calum Butcher and Mark Reynolds afterwards.
And Smith admitted having that experience in the dressing-room will be key as United look to win promotion back to the top flight.
He said: “Some of us just met on Friday so we are all getting to know each other.
“But it is a good dressing-room with a lot of good leaders and lads in there so it can only be a good thing for the future and Dundee United.
“It started with a victory and hopefully that can continue.
“It is important to bring in the right players but also the right type of personality and I think we have done that this transfer window.
“The manager and the club deserve credit for that so hopefully we can all just knuckle down and do our talking on the pitch.”
Another new arrival, Peter Pawlett, had a memorable debut against Morton, producing a top performance capped with a goal.
The winger is someone Smith knows well, along with Reynolds from his time at Aberdeen and he is fully aware of the qualities they will bring to the side.
He said: “Obviously it is good for Pete (getting a goal). I know he is a good player from playing with him before.
“It was good playing with him again and I thought we linked up well.
“Mark Reynolds is great around the dressing-room and you saw on the pitch that he wins everything.
“He was good for the whole team so it can only be positive moving forward.”
While the league is undoubtedly the priority for United this season, they are also determined to do well in the Scottish Cup with a fifth-round tie on Saturday against St Mirren with Smith making a quick-fire return to the home of his former club.
He added: “It was a good draw for us and one we are looking forward to.
“It will be good to go back so soon after leaving.
“So hopefully we can go there and get a positive result.”