St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin admits he is willing to “see what happens come January” as the Buddies wait for an answer from Jamie McGrath after offering the Irishman a new deal – confessing he’d even be willing to let him move on in the summer regardless.
McGrath’s contract is up in the summer and St Mirren are keen to tie him down long-term but after his meteoric rise in Paisley, Goodwin knows he might now be able to keep hold of his star man.
“The offer is there on the table for Jamie and we’re not putting any pressure on him or his representative. It’s a good, fair offer,” Goodwin told the Daily Record.
“We’ll see what happens come January. You have to balance out every scenario. We’re willing to put in a buy-out clause, so that if someone comes in for Jamie in the summer, we would get some return on him.
“We’re not naïve enough to think that that will work for his representatives. They’re well within their rights to do what they’re doing.
“In an ideal world for us Jamie would sign a new deal, we would get a few quid for him next summer hopefully off the back of being in the top six.”
While McGrath’s future remains up in the air, Goodwin confessed he’s only doing what he is entitled to do with his contract coming to an end.
The Buddies boss doesn’t want to see any of his players leave the club but is adamant McGrath has “earned the right” to make the right move for his career.
“Jamie is doing what most players out there would do,” Goodwin added. “He’ll weigh up his options in January and is well within his rights to sign a pre-contract with someone then.
“Or someone from England or Scotland might come in and offer us an obscene amount of money for a player with five months left on his contract and we might have a decision to make.
“I don’t ever want to lose any of my players but Jamie has earned the right to go and speak to whoever he wants to.”
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