July 29, 2014

Danny’s Diary – 10/05/2012

Danny's DiaryAs we get towards the end of the season teams start preparing their squads for the new campaign that will kick off at the end of summer.  And things are no different for Danny Lennon as that process has already started at St Mirren Park with the departure of Jon McShane and Graeme Smith.

Danny said, “I believe the transfer of Jon McShane to Hamilton has gone through this afternoon.

“It is important for Jon to get out and play in games for his own education and development as a footballer.  He would have been fighting for a starting place with us but I believe that this move gives him the best chance of moving forward.

“Goalkeeper Graeme Smith left the Club today.  I spoke with him this morning to let him know we wouldn’t be offering him a new deal.”

Talking of contracts, Danny is still trying to reach agreement with the agent of the Dutch duo Nigel Hasselbaink and Jeroen Tesselaar to extend their deals with the Club.

Danny said, “The latest with Nigel and Jeroen is that we have sent a written offer to their agent.  So we now await a reply from their agent.

“It is getting close to Saturday’s game so that is where my attention is now turning towards, but once we hear back from the agent we’ll pick it up again.”

It has been reported that Newcastle United youngsters Dan Taylor and Patrick Nzuzi are on trial with Saints and Danny confirms he is running the rule over them.

He said, “At this stage of the season every other club will be bringing in players to have a look at them and we’re no different.  So we’re using the time we have with the lads to make an assessment of them, nothing more.”

St Mirren go into their final game of the season with close to a full squad to pick from.

Danny confirmed, “A positive note for us is that David Barron was back training this week.  Unfortunately Lee Mair’s season is over as he is still out with a calf injury but Lee aside we have a clean bill of health going into the game against Aberdeen.”

Danny takes his side to Pittodrie on Saturday with thoughts of the same trip this time last year when the game had a more critical element to it.  And while this match isn’t do or die stuff he believes that it is just as important to win all three points.

He said, “We went up to Aberdeen this time last season under different circumstances so it is nice to be going up there without the worries of relegation hanging over us.  This time we are fighting for a higher place in the league so the incentives are still there for the boys to give everything they have got.

“There are financial rewards for finishing higher and we all know how important money is in football as every pound makes a difference at a Club like St Mirren.

“We want to finish the season strong, a season where we have made a lot of progress as the Club is sitting as high up in the top division as it has for over two decades.  We have shown that we not only deserve to be in this league but we are also competing in it at a higher level so we hope that Saturday is another positive experience for our fans who travel up to Aberdeen for the game.”

Danny appreciates the fans backing this season and knows that it is important that they continue with him and the Club on a journey that is still far from over.

He said, “I would like to thank the fans for their support over the season.  We have had many e-mails and letters from fans telling us how much they have enjoyed watching the side this season, these comments are really appreciated by not just myself but also by my staff, the players and directors.

“We are still a long way away from where I want the Club to be but we have plans in place to do that, and doing it while the Club lives within its means.”