St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin believes he will be “blown out of the water” by potential offers from clubs for starlet Jamie McGrath despite the Scottish club’s most lucrative contract in history.
A late offer from Hibernian for the 25-year-old in August was rejected and Goodwin expects bigger clubs to join in the pursuit of Meath’s man.
McGrath’s contract expires at the end of the season, but St Mirren will do their best to keep him at Paisley and his club.
Goodwin said: “There have been a couple of things that fell into the summer window and a couple of them have been well documented.
“I insisted that Jamie not be disappointed as it could be a blessing in disguise. No disrespect to the clubs that have been mentioned this summer, but I really think that in January there will be probably six or seven other big clubs interested.
“I’ve played with a lot of players in the past who maybe threw the toys out of the stroller because they didn’t have what they wanted, but he’s such a good guy and he just did things, and his performances have shown that he is ready to give his all for our jersey.
“We made an incredible offer to Jamie, we made him an offer that we have never made to a player in club history.
“But we’re not stupid, we know he’s going to have a lot of offers and no doubt someone else will come and blow us out of the water.
“But we want Jamie to know exactly what we think about him and we want to reward him with a great contract. Whether he takes it or not is up to him, but we are doing everything we can. We are not giving up hope. for now, but we are realistic at the same time. “
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McGrath was part of Ireland’s 4-0 friendly victory over Qatar on Tuesday night and won his fifth cap in the process.
“It’s a great inspiration to some of the younger ones in the group and to have this aspiration to start and take their careers to the next level,” said Irishman Goodwin.
“Jamie is a great example that if you work hard and are ready to listen and learn, you can do it here at St Mirren.
“We’re delighted for him. He played really well the other night against Qatar. I watched the game even though I had to move the remote away from my little man because he wanted to watch Scotland.
“We went back and forth but I probably watched at least the first hour of the game against Ireland and Jamie was excellent.
“It makes my job a lot easier when I take care of recruiting and I have to give Stephen Kenny a lot of credit because it takes a lot of courage as a manager of an international team to turn to clubs like ours. . “