Jim Goodwin during January's game at Celtic Park. PA
Jim Goodwin

Ex-Ireland international targeting success after signing new deal at St Mirren

Goodwin was skipper when the Saints won their last major trophy in 2013.

JIM GOODWIN AIMS to end what he believes has been years of underachievement at St Mirren after extending his deal with the Paisley club.

The former Saints captain and assistant manager Lee Sharp have signed new three-year contracts which will take them to June 2024.

Goodwin was skipper when the Saints won their last major trophy, the League Cup in 2013, and is making his mark again since returning as boss in June 2019.

St Mirren reached the Betfred Cup semi-finals only to lose to Livingston last month and sit in seventh place in the Scottish Premiership, one point behind Dundee United with two games in hand.

Goodwin said: “Obviously we made some bold statements in the summer about wanting to become a top-six club consistently.

“We are in the mix at the moment, we are not quite there yet, we need to win three games before the split and we believe we are capable of doing it.

“It’s about making progress every year. Last year we had a decent enough finish in the league (ninth), we got to the quarter-final of a cup.

“This year we managed to get to a semi-final of the cup. We are fighting for the top six.

“We have more points in the table at this point than any other season which is great credit to the staff and the players for all their hard work up until now.

“But I always felt the club underachieved, even when I was here as a player. I always felt that we didn’t quite have the success that we should have had.

“Everybody talks about the League Cup final win in 2013, which is our most recent bit of silverware but we should be aiming to try to get to a cup final every year.

“I know it’s a helluva tough task because of the competition there but that has got to be our motivation and aim.

“My focus is improving this place, making it a bigger and better club and changing the whole mind-set of everybody connected to the football club, supporters included.

“I want them to genuinely believe that we are capable of doing what we are talking about.”

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