Jim Goodwin has cleared Jak Alnwick of any wrongdoing after positive COVID-19 test news at St Mirren.
The goalkeeper, who has been an influential figure in Paisley this season, tested positive for the virus during the international break. St Mirren announced on Thursday morning that an unnamed player had caught COVID-19. The club have since had a further positive test result ahead of Saturday’s match with Hibs.
Hamilton Accies then confirmed Lee Hodson, Alnwick’s housemate, was self-isolating for two weeks. That, plus a host of online rumours, have forced Goodwin to confirm it is his number one who’s caught the virus. But the Buddies boss doesn’t put any blame on him.
“We obviously don’t like naming names, I think it’s quite a private issue but at the same time somebody has managed to leak it online so there’s no point us denying it,” said Goodwin. “I think it’ll be perfectly clear to everyone when the team is selected on Saturday.
“So we’re a bit disappointed for Jak but at the same time he’s doing well, he’s recovering, he’s following the instructions given to him by the doctor. He is getting the best of treatment, we are not overly concerned about it and hopefully he will be back fit for the Dundee United game.
“We are confident Jak has not been in a pub or a nightclub when he shouldn’t have been. It is just an unfortunate situation. What I can say from our point of view as a club, there’s no way that Jak has picked it up while he’s been here at Ralston (training ground) or down at the stadium.
“The club have done everything they can, they’ve followed the strict guidelines that have been set out by the SFA, the SPFL and the Joint Response Group and we can’t do any more as a club.
“Players and the staff members, everybody needs to go home and some of our partners and wives are going out to work every day. I’ve got three kids at home or going to school on a daily basis and mixing hundreds of other children.
“So we can only do what we can within the environment that we work in.”
Meanwhile, the club have signed Lee Erwin on a two-year deal following his departure from Ross County. The former Leeds United forward wanted to move back to the central belt and Goodwin has moved to snap him up.
Erwin broke through at Motherwell before earning a move to Leeds in 2015. His spell at Elland Road didn’t quite work, making 12 appearances alongside spells out on loan at Bury and Oldham. The striker has played for Kilmarnock, Tractor and County following his Leeds exit.
Speaking before the official announcement of Erwin’s signing, Goodwin explained the deal to bring him to Paisley: “We got wind that Lee was wanting back down to the Glasgow area for family reasons.
“He’s a player that I’ve always liked, a real kind of good young Scottish prospect, a great age for us and a kind of an old fashioned number nine if you like.
“That’s where we would see him play in and it would be great competition for Jon Obika. We would like to see the two of those guys playing together as well because I think they’d be a real handful for any opposition.”