The Scottish Sun recently reported that the new Saints captain was Barnsley’s ‘No1 transfer target’ this summer. They also claim that Championship sides Cardiff City and Bristol City were interested in the 22-year-old.
It’s no surprise that Kerr’s in demand. He’s a stellar young talent with plenty of ability to perform just now. Saints boss Tommy Wright has sent out a clear indicator with his captaincy choice that Kerr is going nowhere.
Has Kerr been appointed St Johnstone captain to throw off potential interest?
When you consider some of the senior options at the club, it’s somewhat a surprise that Kerr has been given this role. He will be taking over from recently departed defender Joe Shaughnessy.
Between Liam Craig and Murray Davidson, the experienced midfield pair have racked up 701 appearances for St Johnstone. That’s not to say Kerr isn’t a good appointment, he is, but surely Craig and Davidson deserve a chance with the armband?
Regardless, it’s the 22-year-old centre-back who’s got the armband and it’s a massive vote of confidence for Kerr from manager Wright. He clearly believes in his young talent and thinks he is leadership quality.
It also indicates Kerr isn’t going anywhere. Surely the reported Barnsley target wouldn’t have accepted this role if he knew he would be on the move? It seems to send out a clear signal that he’ll be at McDiarmid Park this season. Offers could still come in, but Wright will be even less likely to budge now.
That’s not a bad thing, considering he now has the armband. He now has to play with extra responsibility and leadership qualities, something that will help develop his game further.
Whilst not every team has decided on a captain, you could bet your house on the fact Kerr will be the youngest in the Premiership, possibly the SPFL. It’s a huge honour for him and one that indicates he won’t be leaving Perth this summer.