St Mirren’s Sam Foley is worried the Covid-19 pandemic may cost the club the chance to retain goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky.

The Czech stopper’s contract is due to expire in the summer and currently, the player is back home waiting out the global health crisis.

Football is suspended indefinitely in Scotland and many other parts of the world, and there are no indications right now about when, or indeed if, 2019/20 will resume.

Hladky is out of contract this summer (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The situation is complicating matters for everyone, and in the world of football, players with their contracts expiring face an anxious wait to see what will happen.


A lot of clubs are staring down the barrel of financial difficulty brought about by the lack of matchday revenue, meaning some simply won’t be in a position to offer individuals a new contract.

Buddies man Foley is wary Hladky may have played his last game for the club.

He has proven himself a top Premiership stopper (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“Obviously the situation is totally unprecedented. We might not be back playing until guys like Vaclav are out of contract which is a worry,” Foley told PA.

“He’s had an unbelievable season and he is an unbelievable goalkeeper.

“There’s no doubt in my mind he will end up playing at a much higher level than the Scottish Premiership. It’s only a matter of time.”

Vladky, who joined the club in January 2019 from Slovan Liberec, has been outstanding between the sticks for Jim Goodwin’s side this term.

Buddies fans love Hladky (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The Buddies are partial to conceding shots on goal and whoever’s keeping goal is bound to be busy, but the 29-year-old has really risen to the task and performed consistently since his arrival in the Premiership.

It would be a great shame if the club were unable to retain him for another year as a result of situation that is totally out of their control.

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