Jim Goodwin says that Eamonn Brophy is eager to succeed at St Mirren – and getting the likes of the capped Scotland striker and Jake Doyle-Hayes secured long-term shows Paisley ambition.

The Saints pulled off a transfer coup by sealing the Killie forward on a three-year deal, a pre-contract signed for the summer. There are talks ongoing about making that switch happen now, Alex Dyer admitting Brophy may not feature heavily in his Rugby Park plans for the rest of this term.

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Another player the Saints are looking to tie down is the influential Doyle-Hayes, who has made a big impact since arriving in Paisley from Aston Villa. He’s someone else Goodwin wants to keep long-term.

And he’s hopeful that business can be completed after success in another deal: “We are delighted to finally get the deal done for Brophy. We asked about it last January and we were told he wasn’t available. We tried to get a deal done but this time round we have him on a pre-contract.

“Players of quality are always in-demand and I’ve got an amount of messages from coaches in the game telling me what a fantastic signing it is. He is hungry, ambitious, wanting to get in the mind of Steve Clarke again and kick on to bigger things.

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“We would love to try and make it happen this month but for now he is Kilmarnock’s player. Jake is mulling over a contract offer we have put to him. There is dialogue between his agent and Tony Fitzpatrick (chief executive) just now.

“It would be a fantastic signing alongside Eamonn Brophy and would show the ambition of the club. Hopefully we can get that done as well. We want to be able to build a team around the likes of Brophy and Doyle-Hayes, Ethan Erhahon and all these young players.

“We are blessed here at St Mirren with fantastic training facilities and a brilliant grass pitch. Eamonn has worked only on plastic pitches during his time at Hamilton and Kilmarnock so I’m sure that will be a huge attraction to him, coming here and playing on a decent surface. I think he can see how ambitious we are and the progress we are making and he wants to be a part of it.

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“There’s competition for any good player, especially someone of the calibre of Jake but I have had good conversations with Jake. The reason Jake is attracting the interest and getting the plaudits is because of the way our team plays and the way he fits into it.

“Jake is no use going to a team that plays back to front quickly. We like to involve the midfielders and Jake is pivotal to that. I do believe if he stays here for another year to 18 months then there’s a lot to come from him and he will have even bigger and better offers on the table than those that are there just now.”

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