John Potter savours prospect of packed East End Park

John Potter is looking forward to playing in front of his hometown club's fans after signing for Dunfermline.

The centre-half was shocked to be told by St Mirren that he would not be offered a new contract and is happy to have been handed a one-year Pars deal.

"As you could see at the end of last season, the fan base is still there," said the 31-year-old of his new club.

"Hopefully those fans can come back and there will be a great atmosphere and we can make East End Park a fortress."

Potter was captain at St Mirren Park and admits that it took him a while to get over the disappointment of being told by manager Danny Lennon that a new deal at the club had been rescinded.

"It was the manager and the club's choice to let me go," he said.

It will be difficult breaking into what was a very successful team last year

John Potter Dunfermline Athletic defender

"Disappointing, obviously, but in a few days you get over it and realise that you have to get on with your career.

"He told me that was it and I didn't stay for a conversation."

Potter, who began his career with Celtic, was at Dunfermline almost a decade ago before heading to Clyde in 2002.

After three years at Broadwood, he moved to the Buddies and helped them win promotion to the Scottish Premier League in his first season.

He completed his return to the Pars after passing a medical on Monday, joining former St Mirren team-mate Paul Gallacher at the promoted club.

"I want to get into the team for that first game of the season, but it will be difficult breaking into what was a very successful team last year," Potter told the Dunfermline website.

"These guys will be looking to play and I have just got to come in and impress."

The opening match that Potter refers to, against Lennon's Saints in the Scottish Premier League, has been moved to Monday 25 July, when Dunfermline will unfurl the Scottish First Division flag at East End Park.