After the dust had settled on the poor showing of 2015/16, manager Alex Rae
had a massive clear-out with no fewer than 13 players departing.
David Clarkson returned on a permanent deal and Kyle Hutton arrived from Queen of the South to start off the rebuilding process.
They were followed by ex Saints youth player Ben Gordon( Livingston), Goalkeeper
Scott Gallagher(Alloa Athletic), defender Gary MacKenzie(Doncaster Rovers) and another ex Saint in John Sutton from St Johnstone.
On the eve of the big kick off the loan route was utilised again with the return
of Lawrence Shankland from Aberdeen for another season and Rangers youngsters Tom Walsh and Ryan Hardie on loan deals until
The season started with the league Cup and a return to the
group format of the 70's and 80's. In similar vein to Saints record in those days, they failed to progress from the
group despite winning 3 of the four matches!
League form followed the poor showing in the league cup and after failing
to record a win in the first six games, Alex Rae was sacked.
On the 4th October Jack Ross was announced as the new manager.
He brought in former Kilmarnock defender James Fowler as assistant.