St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin says finishing seventh in the Scottish Premiership will aid the club’s goal of bringing ‘quality players’ to Paisley.

St Mirren finish the 2020/21 league season in seventh place after Motherwell’s 2-1 defeat to Ross County and a 0-0 draw with Dundee United at home. It’s the highest St Mirren have finished in the top flight since 1989.

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Good season for St Mirren. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Goodwin says it’s been a season of highs and lows but seventh will help them build to be stronger for the 2021/22 campaign: “We have achieved a number of things we haven’t done for decades. We have the youngest player to play in the Premiership, most points, highest league finish.

“We have had near misses but it’s not the time to reflect in what we could have done. We know with Hearts coming up things will be tougher (next season) but we enjoy the underdog tag. There are positives to take and things to work on for next season.

“We had to reset our goals after missing out on top six and we wanted to be best of the rest and we have achieved that. Financially it means a lot for the club with the extra position in this time of real difficulty. The money will help bring in quality players and the infrastructure so it means a lot. I’m thrilled to be finishing seventh.”

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Obika’s on the move. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Focus quickly turns to the summer transfer window, with players set to be released from the club this week, Jonathan Obika already confirmed as leaving. Goodwin says it’s ‘the nature of the beast.’

 

He said: “We will release a statement next week so people know who is leaving. We are in talks with one to two about renewing their deals. It’s the nature of the beast, unfortunately, that players come and go.

“The players who are leaving go with our best wishes and I have no doubt they will be fixed up. I love the recruitment side of things and we will work hard in the summer to make sure we are stronger than this season.”

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