St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has admitted he is “desperate” to keep Jamie McGrath in Paisley after offering a club-record deal to the Irish international but insists the midfielder is “well within his rights” to wait and see what other offers come his way in January.

McGrath is out of contract in the summer with the Buddies and Goodwin is delighted by the progress he has made since McGrath made the move to Saints from the League of Ireland.

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St Mirren midfielder McGrath in action for Ireland (Photo by Oisin Keniry/Getty Images)

The Ireland international was subject of interest from Hibs previously but Goodwin is well aware there are going to be other clubs sniffing around and is braced for the prospect of losing McGrath – but didn’t want to lose his man without a fight.

“We’re not at the stage where we are applying any pressure to Jamie,” Goodwin told Sky Sports.

“We’ve put an offer in front of him that we feel is worthy of his performances. We want Jamie to know that we really value him and that we aregoing to do all we can to keep him – but at the same time we’ve very realistic about the situation.

“Jamie is flying on the international stage with the Republic of Ireland. I think he’s got four or five caps to his name now and he’s a regular. We have to be realistic as a club to know there are going to be some very big clubs coming in for Jamie in January.

 

“If he does decide to elave here in January, or the summer, we didn’t want him to leave not thinking we’d put up a fight and that’s where we are at the moment. We’ve put a very good offer on the table for him and Jamie is well within his rights to leave that sitting there for as long as he wants to see what other offers come in in January.

“I just felt it was important for us to show Jamie that we’re grateful for what he has given the club up until now and we’re desperate to keep him.”

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