Goodwin: McGrath won’t leave St Mirren on the cheap this month

The Republic of Ireland midfielder is nearing the end of his contract in Paisley.

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St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin is resigned to losing star man Jamie McGrath in the summer but says it’ll take a big offer for him to leave in this January window.

The Irish international is out of contract in the summer and free to speak to other clubs now, with Aberdeen keen to secure the 26-year-old’s services.

St Mirren put their biggest ever contract offer on the table to try and tie McGrath down but Goodwin admits he’s likely to leave.

He said: “We are quite relaxed over the situation, we’ve made Jamie and his representatives a very good offer but Jamie is well within his right to go and talk to any club he wants to.

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“Realistically of course it’s highly unlikely Jamie will be a St Mirren player next season but while he’s here we’ll use him as best we can.

“There’s a long way to go in this January window but we’ll try our best to keep him.

“Unless someone comes in with a financial offer which makes good business sense for the club, then there’s absolutely no way we will let Jamie walk out the door.

“We have a good dialogue between Jamie and myself and we have a very good relationship and of course he’s a top player and while he’s here he’ll do his best for the jersey.”