Jim Goodwin has explained why Norwich City prospect Isak Thorvaldsson has ended his St Mirren spell after a month.
The 19-year-old made two substitute appearances against Livingston and Rangers during his very brief time as a Buddies man. Norwich have since sent him to IA in his home country of Iceland for the 2020/21 season.
Whilst not ideal for Goodwin, he wasn’t going to stand in the way of Thorvaldsson going elsewhere as the Buddies boss talked up his relationship with Norwich.
“Of course you don’t want to be losing anyone from the squad when we are as tight as we are with numbers, but I am not going to hold anyone against their will either,” said Goodwin.
“It is too important a season for us as a club to have people here who aren’t really committed. So we thought it was best for both parties that Isak went back down the road. It was a big decision for the young lad. Isak is only 19 and from here to Norwich where his family are is a hell of long way and he probably didn’t realise at the time how far away it was going to be.
“It is always difficult as well when you are not in the starting XI as often as you would like. I think if he is playing every minute of every game then it is probably a different conversation again. He wants to be closer to home and that’s fine. He’s a great lad and my relationship with Norwich is one that is flourishing.
“We had a great time with Akin Famewo last year, they were delighted with the progress he made and he is back down there now and part of their first team. We were hoping for the same with Isak but sometimes things don’t work out the way you would like them to but I had no issues with his attitude, professionalism or anything like that and we wish him well.”
League of Ireland business
Incoming at St Mirren this week was Dylan Connolly, the winger joining the club on a one-year deal after his AFC Wimbledon contract expired. It’s another Irishman in Paisley and another former League Of Ireland player.
A league he knows well, Goodwin has moved to bring in the likes of Conor McCarthy and Jamie McGrath from over the water in recent times, Connolly a former teammate of McGrath’s at Dundalk.
Their League of Ireland recruitment drive might not be over yet as Goodwin says there are ‘two or three’ players in the division that he is currently talking to.
“It just so happens that the guys I have identified are Irish,” said Goodwin. “It is a good market. I have the online season pass for all of the games which is brilliant for the League of Ireland so I’m watching games every weekend.
“There are a few rough diamonds over there. There’s still another two or three players I’m looking at. Other managers are probably going to be looking at the quality of players we are bringing in, the likes of McGrath and McCarthy, and sending people over there.
“I’m quite fortunate that I know a number of guys who work over there. I know guys at Shamrock Rovers, Dundalk, Waterford United my old team and Derry City have Paddy McCourt. I’m very lucky to have guys over there who are always giving me good information.
“There are two or three really good ones we are talking to at the moment.”