Jamie McGrath is St Mirren’s ‘best player’ according to manager Jim Goodwin, as he looks to keep the Republic of Ireland international beyond Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

McGrath has less than a year left on his Scottish Premiership deal and scored 17 goals from midfield for Goodwin last season. His form since arriving from Dundalk in 2020 has earned McGrath Republic of Ireland call-ups, facing Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal this week. Bids have been thrown out while Watford are said to want McGrath.

Republic of Ireland Training Session

McGrath is on Irish duty this week as the likes of Watford are linked. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Goodwin has a back-up plan for if McGrath leaves before Tuesday’s transfer deadline, but he hopes that doesn’t happen: “You can see the quality again from Jamie. He’s our best player. I don’t think any of our other players would mind me saying that, it’s not being disrespectful to the rest of the group.

“He’s been outstanding and has been rewarded again with going away with Ireland. That’s fantastic recognition for Jamie. He’s our player at the end of the day. You can see the performances he’s putting in, he’s not downing tools and demanding we accept any bid. We’ve got a valuation for Jamie. He understands the situation.

St Mirren are keen to add to their ranks before the transfer deadline, manager Goodwin adding: ”We’re in limbo at the moment waiting to hear what happens with one or two others. We’re working hard on bringing another one in and hopefully we’ll have some positive news on that tomorrow morning (Monday). I definitely do need another one.”
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