St Mirren won’t demand ‘ridiculous money’ for their players – but manager Jim Goodwin wants to know why they are ‘valued less.’
Saints have rejected a Wigan Athletic bid for Jamie McGrath worth six-figures while a low offer from Rotherham United won’t be enough to tempt Conor McCarthy away from Paisley. Goodwin guided his team to seventh in the Premiership last season alongside two domestic cup semi-finals.
English League One interest is apparent but Goodwin has a strong message for clubs such as Rotherham and Wigan – St Mirren won’t entertain low offers for their players. McGrath scored 17 goals from midfield last season while McCarthy was key in central defence, both arriving from the League of Ireland in 2020.
Goodwin said: “There’s not many midfielder playing top-flight football in Europe that have scored 17 goals – so we knew there would be serious interest in McGrath. Both of them have one year left on their deals and we would love to extend them. But we are realistic about the situation. Talks happened last season and they are ongoing.
“It’s no surprise there is interest in Conor, Jamie and a few others. I don’t get annoyed when it happens as it shows we’re doing something right. I don’t think we have put ridiculous valuations on the players. I do see what other players are going for and I often wonder why our player are valued less.
“There’s certain midfielders in Scotland who are being spoken about at £2-3 million – and they aren’t at Celtic or Rangers. I question why we don’t get those types of offers for McGrath, who has scored 17 goals. We aren’t putting a valuation of £1 million on Jamie – we are realistic – but we will not be shafted by anybody.”
On interest and rejected bids for McCarthy and McGrath, Goodwin added: “There’s not much more I can say. There have been offers and we have rejected both of them. The boys are still here. We need to be strong in the market. If the right offers comes in, we won’t stand in their way. We won’t sell on the cheap.”
NTOF now offers a YouTube channel featuring exclusive interviews, post-match discussion, in-depth debate, and much more – LIKE and SUBSCRIBE and don’t miss any of our videos.