Manager announces summer departures

Saints manager Tommy Wright has today confirmed that first-team players Chris Millar and Keith Watson will not be offered new contracts at McDiarmid Park.

35-year-old central midfielder Chris Millar joined the club back in 2008 and has made 321 appearances for Saints in all competitions during his ten seasons in Perth. The former Greenock Morton man is currently in the middle of his Testimonial season and details of the Testimonial match will be announced in the coming weeks.

The other first-team squad member whose contract will not be renewed is former Dundee United and St. Mirren defender, Keith Watson. Watson has been at the club for two years and spent a period on-loan at English outfit Hartlepool United.

Speaking about the departures, Tommy said: “Chris is obviously the most notable of those being released as he has been here since the summer of 2008 and has made a huge contribution to the club’s success over the past decade, not least the Scottish Cup success in 2014, top-six league positions and European campaigns.

“Like Alan Mannus and Steven MacLean, Midgey has given me everything as a player and will always be well thought of and welcome back to McDiarmid Park.

“We’ve also decided not to renew the contract of Keith Watson, who has been so unlucky with injury in his two years here and that’s the main reason he hasn’t made the impact we all hoped, although I think anyone who saw him in his half-dozen starts would understand why we were keen to secure his services.”

The manager also announced today that youth players Daniel Jardine, Cammy Thomson, Cameron Lumsden and Jamie Docherty would also be leaving the club in the summer.

He added: “It’s never easy to tell the young players they’re not being offered contracts but what we’ve done is in the best interests of both the club and the players.

“We wish all of them every success in their future careers in the game.”