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  1. Would like to see us try 4-4-1-1 formation with Dennis in front of Brophy. Brophy holds the ball up well, can run the channels links up well but is not a penalty box striker. Would prefer to play him as a no. 10 with Jamie at left midfield and ronan out right midfield. Current formation now too predictable and by having dennis in front of Brophy will maybe give brophy more space and options to link with midfield, a more advanced player or to create space for shots for him. Main unfortunately doesn't offer much for me and Dennis is prob most natural finisher we have inside the box. 

    Goodwin publicly stating we need to trim squad. A few passengers in the squad need to go and likely that Jamie will be away so prob 4 out and 2 in imo.

  2. 4 hours ago, Mainstand Sweary Mob said:

    Marcus Fraser is a legend!

    My brother and I used to have season tickets, but gave them up when my son was born as I couldn't justify going on a Saturday.

    My son is old enough and decided this season he wanted to go, so my brother, my son and I got season tickets again.

    We got selected in the ballot to go to the Hearts game where my son said his favourite players were Main and Fraser. Said his most favourite was Fraser.

    After the game he said he wanted boots like Fraser wore in the game. I hunted high and low on the internet to find them to see if did kids sizes, to find nothing.

    I contacted the club to see if they could help me figure out the model. They said they spoke to him, where he said they were old and no longer can get them online.

    Yesterday a package came for my son with the boots in it with his name on them and Marcus' autograph. He was over the moon.

    I contacted him directly to thank him. He was so nice to respond and when speaking to the club they said it was all Marcus' idea.

    Solid player and a true gent. I just wanted to share a positive since there has been a lot of negative about the club.

    Aye but were they the right size? 😀

  3. 9 hours ago, scam75 said:

    It's not just as easy as that though is it? 2.5 year deals from league of Ireland are a gamble and after the settling in period, if they look the part, have stepped up, and are attracting attention, they hit the period we see now with Jamie and Connor who probably won't sign extensions.

    We would all love to get it right and tie them down further at the right juncture but that can sometimes pass in a flash.

    To sign these lads in the first place we need to market as a stepping stone. Some will fail, some will work.

    We just need to make sure we get what they are worth if we end up where we are now. Historically we tend not to get this right, but it's a balancing act.

    Just hope the club weigh up the transfer fee vs worth to run down contract and do the right thing. Either way these boys have done us a turn and can't be blamed.

    Not blaming the lads at all. Just looking at it from aclub point of view when trying to attract players. We are in a reasonable position to sign players from lower leagues for players who might be on lesser wages etc. I specifically wouldn't mention using us as a stepping stone but maybe a better platform.The point about spotting talent when players come to us is to act early. Most fans at the club know a baller when they see one but it appears the management/board are reluctant to act when we have a player on our hands. If we act early and approach the player directly early enough it is possible that by offering an extra X amount of pounds to extend their contract would persuade them to do so, before agents get involved.

    I don't know the ins and outs of what we can do above that i.e potential bonus rewards for someone staying and if they get a bigger move a slice of the pie for example. If a club is interested then we should be doing all possible to get at least market value when they have a couple of years left on contract rather than contracts dwindling down. Just saying marketing us as a stepping stone just puts ideas into guys heads. Trying to maintain a more stable group of quality players seems impossible at the moment and we end up chasing our tails trying to bring in other better or players or at least the same calibre. As I said if it is a step backwards for a player to move forward for a season then fair enough. 

    Just hope one day that we get to the stage one day where hibs scouting isn't done on SMTV. Also include in the contracts premium sales to other scottish clubs similar to what Hibs did with Martin Boyle although at £500k surprised clubs down south haven't snapped him up. Both the manager and directors have noted our past situation so hopefully we might be more proactive with current quality players going forward.

  4. Is it just me or are we managing to attract players using the wrong approach? The message seems to be that come to St Mirren, we are great at developing players and then you will get a move to a bigger club.

    We should be buying these players, checking how they fit in, play and their potential worth to St Mirren and then approaching them with a 'We have been impressed with you so far and want to offer to you an improved extended contract' I appreciate there is no guarantee of Premiership football but good players will always end up being sold for a profit. (You can also take into account the possibility of a long term injury as a reason not to but it must be worth a gamble). I don't see any other clubs actively marketing to attract players so they can be used as a stepping stone.

    It becomes embarrassing the way we manage contracts of our players and talent has to spotted early on, rewarded and then taking a firm stance once you have them on a decent contract.

    It is ok to attract potentially a higher calibre of player for a season or so to help the team. Get players in who want to come and join the club and develop and reward them at the same time. We are far too short sighted and poor in our negotiations. We also come across as being far too accommodating to player requests. If a player is on a short contract then agree put a price tag on them and punt them but we need to manage the contracts better throughout the course of seasons and reward players to extend their contracts and stay albeit for possibly just that little bit longer.


  5. Would really like to see Greg Stewart inbound as believe he is the type of player that we need. May need to stretch the coffers but was the acquisition I was really hoping for before transfer season. Also would be nice if we can stop playing hoofball as incredibly difficult to watch lower league tactics particularly against big solid defenders. If we can't play through midfield then we have a serious problem.

  6. 14 minutes ago, faraway saint said:

    FOFF ya walloper!

    Special mention for O'Donnell, outstanding. 

    Agree O'Donnell had a good game apart from the error that nearly let Shaw in. Some minor tinkering required for game against croatia. Would put O'Donnell back to right back, drop McGregor again, put in Patterson on the right and put Gilmour more central basically due to the threat of Perisic. Would also prefer to see Nisbet up front with either Adams or Dykes.

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