Robinson hopes players will accept new contract offers at St Mirren

The Saints boss hopes to clarify the future of Jay Henderson and Lewis Jamieson.

Stephen Robinson hopes players will accept new contract offers at St Mirren SNS Group

Stephen Robinson is hoping youngsters Jay Henderson and Lewis Jamieson will accept new contract offers at St Mirren.

Midfielder Henderson, 21, is on loan at Championship side Inverness while attacker Jamieson, 20, has featured twice as a substitute since returning from a loan spell at Airdrieonians after previous loan spells at Clyde (twice) and Inverness.

Both players’ current deals are up at the end of the season and, ahead of the home cinch Premiership game against Livingston on Saturday, Buddies boss Robinson said: “We have contract offers out this week out to Jay Henderson and Lewis Jamieson.

“We decided that Jay needed to go out on loan to develop and we took a little bit of a hit on that in terms of squad numbers and wide players. He has gone out and developed and we want him to stay next season.

“We have offered him a contract so hopefully it put the ball into his court, and I’m hoping we can get something tied up for next season with him and Lewis, who has been making real strides since he came back fitness wise and attitude wise as well. He is a different kid and he certainly has talent.

“It is part of what we are trying to do, to link the academy with the first team, so it is up to the players.

“So that’s two boys we hope to get tied up very soon and we have a couple of contract offers on the table to some more experienced players.”

St Mirren went into the international break with one win in seven matches in all competitions, drawing 1-1 with bottom side Dundee United at Tannadice in their last outing.

And with nine fixtures remaining, Robinson’s side are in seventh place, one point behind Livingston as the race for the top six comes to the boil.

The Northern Irishman said: “It is a big game. People say there is pressure on the game but it is nice pressure, it is good pressure.

“Usually St Mirren are down the bottom and looking over our shoulder. We are not this season. It shows the direction the club are going in and we are very much looking forward to it.

“We are excited about it and can’t wait to get back to playing again with an almost fully-fit squad, and we are looking forward to the game and look to take the three points.”

Charles Dunne returns from suspension but fellow defender Declan Gallagher is touch-and-go with an ongoing hamstring issue.

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