There are St Mirren players catching the eye of clubs elsewhere – but Jim Goodwin is hoping to keep them in Paisley, at least for this season.
The Buddies are riding high just now, unbeaten in 11 matches, climbing the Premiership table and finding themselves in the semi-finals of the League Cup, following wins over Aberdeen and Rangers.
With such success comes interest in key players, especially the younger stars in Goodwin’s squad. He says interest is inevitable but insists St Mirren aren’t needing to sell.
“Right now there are a lot of clubs out there who are looking at our younger players,” said Goodwin ahead of Wednesday’s Premiership match with Hibs. “I am inundated over the last couple of months from people I know down south inquiring about one or two of our players and how their development is going.
“Right now there hasn’t been any bids in but if the likes of Ethan Erhahon, Jake Doyle-Hayes, Jamie McGrath and Conor McCarthy and those younger ones in particular continue to put on the performances they are putting on then of course they will attract interest.
“Like any manager you don’t want to lose your best players but if teams do come calling and show an interest it means we are doing something right. We don’t need to sell anybody. The deal would need to be right for everyone.
“My message to the board would be I don’t mind agreeing deals in January but can we hold on to the player for the rest of the season.”
Currently eighth in the table, St Mirren are waiting on the outcome of an appeal after they were handed two 3-0 forfeits for matches against Motherwell and Hamilton, plus a £40,000 suspended fine by the SPFL for Covid-19 breaches.
While not wanting to speculate on whether these punishments will be overturned, he believes this would be the fairest outcome: “We’ve heard nothing yet. Hopefully it won’t be too far away.
“We feel as if we have put a really strong case forward so I’m not going to speculate on the outcome of that. But I think it’s important to look at how other footballing associations are dealing with it.
“Hopefully we will get the opportunity to get to play for those six points. We have already beaten Motherwell and Hamilton, there’s no reason why we can’t do that again.
“If we were able to play for those points, it would be the fairest outcome for everyone in the league. Six points could be the difference between the top half or 9th or 10th in the table.
“This could happen to someone again and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. If these things are put in place before a ball is kicked, fair enough. But you can’t just introduce gifting teams 3-0 because of a situation.”
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