st mirren open talks with fan-favourite gary mackenzie

15:00    08 Jun 2019

St Mirren’s Gary MacKenzieis heading the ball
Scottish Premiership side St Mirren have opened talks with fan-favourite Gary MacKenzie to remain at the club.

The 33-year-old defender is currently out of contract, but was not named among St Mirren’s 12 departures earlier this week.

Manager Oran Kearney told the Paisley Daily Express that he wants to hammer out a deal which will see the veteran remain a Buddie for at least one more season.

Kearney said: “Gary MacKenzie is one that we are in talks with and are keen to do something with.

“Talks with him, Mateo and Lee Hodson are all in motion at this point in time and we are trying to get them sorted.

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“Gary had been injured for a big part of the season but I thought his presence about the place was second to none.

“His experience can be very hard to come by. But on the pitch, I thought his performances as the season came to a close, in the big games, were immense. That was vital to us.

“Gary is aware that he has had injuries but we are keen to come to an agreement that will give us another year.”

MacKenzie’s recent injury record may be a cause for concern, but Kearney has ruled out the possibility of a pay-as-you-play deal.

He added: “It definitely wouldn’t be a pay-as-you-play deal because I think that would be disrespectful to Gary after he has done for the football club.

“It has to be a deal that suits Gary but also suits the club so we will be inventive in how we look at it.

“But I think with all that Gary has done for the club, I don’t think something like a pay-as -you-play deal would be relevant.

“We will have to look at ways that the deal is fair to both parties.”

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