Jim Goodwin looked at Aberdeen’s Leeds United loanee Ryan Edmondson for St Mirren – so he’s well aware of the potential threat his side could face at Pittodrie.

The Buddies travel to the Granite City on Friday as they look to end a run of five straight defeats. They face an Aberdeen side who bounced back to form on Sunday with a superb display in a 3-0 win over Ross County.

Goodwin knows it’ll be a tough test up north for the Paisley side as he explains how St Mirren tried to get Leeds striker Edmondson to swap Elland Road for St Mirren Park instead of Pittodrie.

“I think Aberdeen have had a great start,” said Goodwin. “They’ve hit the ground running and they’ve only had one slip-up to Motherwell a couple of weeks ago. I think Derek McInnes held his hands up and gave Motherwell credit.

“But apart from that they’ve been excellent. They are a good team and they have made some great signings. Ross McCrorie is an excellent addition and I think you can see the quality he brings.


“Edmondson is one that we actually tried to get ourselves in the summer. I watched him a few times last year, he’s a real handful, leads the line very well for such a young lad.

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Goodwin wanted to bring the Leeds man to St Mirren. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

“So they are a great team and we know we will be huge underdogs. It’s going to be difficult but we have to go there in the hope that we can stop this poor run that we are on.”

Magennis is staying put

Meanwhile, Goodwin also provided an update on club captain Kyle Magennis. The 22-year-old has been subject of bids from Hibs this week but St Mirren have booted out the offers from Jack Ross’ side.

Magennis could return for the League Cup group stage matches next week and his manager says the skipper won’t be going anywhere: “I’ve been having conversations with Tony (Fitzpatrick, chief executive) who obviously then relays my conversation back to the board.

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The Magennis bids have been rejected. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“In this difficult time in terms of lack of revenue for all of the clubs, I’m pretty sure the bid that came in was tempting for some of the directors.

“But I think it shows bravery and it sends out a positive message to the supporters and to everybody else that we can knock back those substantial offers if, not only do they not meet the valuation of our player, but also we’re not in a position where we have to sell.

“I’ve had constant dialogue with Magennis and just made him aware of how important a player he is to us, and then how desperate we are to get him back in the team. Of course, it’s always flattering when a team the size of Hibs shows an interest, but Kyle is just returning from a serious knee injury.

Magennis is Buddies captain. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“We have invested a lot of time, money on surgery and he’s been getting the best of physio here with Kevin Bain as well, so we’ve been working really, really hard to get him back in the squad and back into the starting eleven. I think it would be wrong of us at this moment in time to accept any bid for him.”

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