St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin believes Jamie McGrath would thrive at a club like Sheffield United – but he wants the Irishman to remain in the Scottish Premiership.

The Paisley club have rejected bids from EFL clubs this summer as McGrath attracts interest. An outstanding 2020/21 season had him score 17 goals from midfield for St Mirren while he also earned his first cap for the Republic of Ireland. English Championship club Sheffield United and Premier League Watford have been linked recently.

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Goodwin wants to keep McGrath amid Sheffield United interest. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

And Goodwin thinks he’s destined for the top: “There’s no real update. There have been a number of enquires but there’s not been any satisfactory bids. I think Jamie McGrath can play at the highest level. I work with him every day. It’s a pleasure. His teammates know what he brings to the squad.

“He has proven it last season with 17 goals from midfield. People will argue some of those are penalties – fair enough – but you still need the courage to step up and take it. He’s a top player. I don’t want to be talking about it every week as it sounds as if I’m trying to sell Jamie – I’m not.

“If Jamie gets a move to one of those clubs mentioned, best of luck to him. It would be an astronomical contract and a step in the right direction for his development. But we don’t want to lose Jamie McGrath.”

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