Tony Watt’s numbers have gone up this season – but the Motherwell star says performances have stayed the same.

The striker stands on eight goals for the season prior to facing Dundee United tonight, with his contract due to expire next summer. He netted seven times last term.

Watt has played more games for the Steelmen than any other club in his career, and even though he is playing wider in manager Graham Alexander’s system, the 27-year-old says his performances haven’t changed from last term.

He said: “The last couple of games I’ve not really had as many shots. It’s a start to the season that I want to build on. I don’t want to sit on what I have already scored this season.

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“I want to keep going. I am playing a bit wider now but I can still score goals from that position. I just want to get in the box and work hard for my teammates. I feel like I do that.

“I feel I bring a lot more to the game than just scoring goals. People probably overlook my performances last season as the numbers weren’t quite there. But this year they are taking note.”

Watt reckons that consistency has been a big factor in his displays, with the number 32 a regular starter for Alexander. But much of his good work on the pitch comes from his work in training.

The forward - launching the new 2021/22 SPFL sticker collection - explained: “My performances have been the same as last year. I have been performing well and I just need to keep going. The biggest thing for me is my consistency.

“I work as hard as I can every single day so I can hopefully bring that consistency on a weekend. I think that is a big thing for me and probably the biggest thing I have learned over the years.

“If I train at 100 per cent during the week, there’s a good chance I’m going to play at 100 per cent at the weekend.

“If I train at 50 per cent, there’s a good chance I’m going to play at 50 per cent. So I need to keep myself at 100 per cent.”

Watt has bought into the community club ethos at Fir Park and recently made a trip to a local foodbank, which opened his eyes to the struggles some are going through in the area.

He added: “I’m enjoying being home, I’m enjoying being around my family and I want to keep enjoying my football. I’ve got a long career ahead of me and hopefully, long may it continue.

“The club has bought into me and I have bought into the club. We need to be doing more for places like foodbanks. It’s easy enough for us to put a top up for raffle and give back in a way.

“It’s a time of year where people are struggling. People are struggling to put their heating on and struggling to put food on the table. So hopefully we can help. I’ll be looking to do as much as I can for these places the colder it gets.”

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