Coventry City loan man Brandon Mason feared his Scottish Premier debut would be cut short at half-time.
The 23-year-old Sky Blues defender finally hooked up with St Mirren last week and was thrown straight into the starting line-up for the 1-1 draw with Dundee United.
His transfer deadline day move last month had been delayed, first by a medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury and then coronavirus restrictions following at outbreak at his new club.
And after an impressive opening 45 minutes he was worried his first appearance would be for nothing as the fog descended on the SMISA Stadium at half-time.
“I was worried about the game being called off, definitely,” he said, speaking to Express Sport.
“There were points when I was looking up in the sky and I couldn’t even see the ball!
“I really wanted the game to keep going though because I thought we were by far the better team.
“I thought we were going to go on and win it, unfortunately we just couldn’t find a winner. I felt we deserved all three points.”
He added: “I’d only been here for five days before the Dundee United game.
“There hadn’t been any Zoom calls or anything to meet everyone before then, so it’s all been pretty strange.
“The lads are all great though and they’ve helped me settle in quickly.
“It took a bit longer than planned to join up because I did my MCL a few months ago. I was out and then obviously there were the problems with coronavirus here.
“I’m glad to finally be here now though and have made my debut.
“Now it’s all about kicking on from here.”
Mason has tasted Scottish football before, after a brief loan spell with Friday night’s opposition Dundee United.
He only made a couple of appearances at Tannadice, and is targeting a much brighter loan spell with struggling St Mirren – currently second from bottom after an eight-game winless run in the division – this time around after being recommended the club by another ex-Buddie Alex Jakubiak.
He said: “I have been in Scotland before, when I was about 20 I had a short loan spell with Dundee United from Watford.
“It was a difficult time for me personally and it didn’t work out how I’d hoped unfortunately.
“I was young but I learned a lot from it. I’m hoping this time it’ll be better.
“I had no hesitation about joining St Mirren.
“I spoke to Alex Jakubiak about the club and he told me to definitely make the move because he loved his time here last season.
“He said I’d enjoy it here, obviously it’s a big club with a lot of history so I’m hoping to add to that during my time here.”
After being thrown in at the deep end with very little preparation time, Mason is now hoping to make his mark in the Renfrewshire derby on Wednesday night.
Despite having only just touched down in Paisley, he insists he understands the significance of getting one over the Buddies’ fierce rivals, Morton.
He added: “The lads have already started talking about the derby in the dressing room.
“It’s obviously a really big game for the fans so we’ll be doing all we can to win it for them.
“I know how important these games are so we need to do all we can to get the right result.
“It’s a shame the fans won’t be there in the stands to cheer us on, but we’ll do our best to get the right result for them.
“I was struggling a bit towards the end of the game just due to a lack of minutes, but hopefully I’ll be ready to go again on Wednesday.”