St Mirren hope to persuade in-form keeper Jak Alnwick to sign a new contract


St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin is desperate to tie Jak Alnwick to a new contract after revealing the goalkeeper is reluctant to sign new terms.

Alnwick was in exceptional form on Saturday as he made a string of fine saves either side of Connor Ronan scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over Hibernian.

The result leaves the Buddies just one point clear of the Premiership’s top six.

Alnwick joined Saints on a two-year deal in the summer of 2020 after a spell at Rangers which included loan spells at Scunthorpe and Blackpool and Goodwin is keen to keep the 28-year-old.

Goodwin said: “There has been an offer on the table for Jak for the past three months. We try to force him to sign it, to bind him.

“He’s a good player, a great signing for us. We’ve put a very good offer on the table for him, an offer that rewards him for the performances he’s put in.

“Like any free agent, they have the right to scour the market and see what options might become available.

“But he knows what we think of him here. We have shown a lot of faith and conviction in him and I hope he will reward us by signing this agreement.

“They came out of the traps in the second 45. So we had to be at our best defensively to get the result.

“Jak deserves a lot of credit. If he doesn’t make those saves while they’re in the ascendant, this game could have escaped us. He did his job brilliantly and deserves a big pat on the back.

St Mirren had to weather a storm early in the second half before Ronan pounced on an error by Jake Doyle-Hayes to kick the ball past goalkeeper Kevin Dabrowski from 18 yards.

Hibs are now winless in the league in five outings and face a daunting trip to Rangers on Wednesday.

However, manager Shaun Maloney insists his side can rely on the way they played against Celtic in a recent 2-0 loss at Glasgow.

He said: “When we get chances, no matter how many we create at Rangers, we have to be clinical.

“Against Celtic I was really happy. We were beaten 2-0 but the performance was at a good level.

“We didn’t create enough today so now the challenge is to try and dominate like we did at Celtic Park and create chances and take them.”


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