THE WRIGHT MAN FOR US Saints boss clos­ing in on Ir­ish striker McMil­lan

Perthshire Advertiser - - THURSDAY’S TV - Matthew Gal­lagher

Wright went to Ire­land re­cently St John­stone man­ager Tommy Wright wants to se­cure the ser­vices of Ir­ish striker David McMil­lan.

And the Perth boss hopes a deal for the Dun­dalk star, who is out of con­tract in Jan­uary, can be com­pleted sooner rather than later.

Wright was in Dublin ear­lier this month to watch McMil­lan (28) and Rob­bie Ben­son in FAI Cup Fi­nal ac­tion against Cork City.

“We went to the cup fi­nal the other week to look at a cou­ple of play­ers,” Wright ex­plained to the Perthshire Ad­ver­tiser.

“David is a striker I know a lot about and have liked for a long time now. I hope we can get that done.

“He’s been over here and spent a day look­ing around the club and speak­ing to me. I would like it to hap­pen sooner rather than later, but he’s quite rightly away hav­ing a break now be­cause the sea­son is fin­ished there.

“I wouldn’t want to be wait­ing to the last week of De­cem­ber to bring him in in Jan­uary but I think he wants his fu­ture sorted out soon as well.

“I’m hope­ful we can get some­thing done on that.”

While Saints are keen to bring McMil­lan to McDiarmid, Wright con­firmed a move for mid­fielder Ben­son will not be hap­pen­ing.

He said: “Ben­son is a def­i­nite no be­cause we spoke to his agent and he’s look­ing for Cham­pi­onship wages in Eng­land so good luck to them with that.

“We have a list of play­ers we are look­ing at, so it’s just a case of work­ing our way through that.”

Dun­dalk striker David McMil­lan (right), in ac­tion in a Europa League clash against Zenit St Pe­ters­burg

Wright says there will be no ma­jor change in Jan­uary as he searches for qual­ity over quan­tity.

He told the PA: “It’s im­por­tant as a man­ager to work with the club and the board both on the field and off the field.

“Part of that is down to manag­ing the fi­nances and look­ing af­ter things prop­erly.

“This club won’t ever over­spend and put our­selves in a po­si­tion, so it has been good that the club has been able to build up a nice re­serve of fi­nances.

“The team has con­trib­uted to that by bring­ing suc­cess on the pitch.

“So it’s good that there will be money avail­able in Jan­uary to strengthen the squad.

“It is a mar­ket you have to be care­ful with be­cause I don’t like

bring­ing in five or six play­ers in Jan­uary. It’s about a bal­ance and I would pre­fer to bring in one or two qual­ity ones who might cost a lit­tle bit more.

“We know we’re on a bad run at the mo­ment, ev­ery­one here ac­cepts that, but we haven’t be­come a bad team overnight.

“We know we have to get out of this run and we have a lot of games in De­cem­ber to put things right.

“It has been a tough sched­ule, we have played a lot of the top teams and we haven’t picked up the points we’re ca­pa­ble of.

“It hasn’t been nice but we are all very much to­gether, my be­lief in the play­ers is the same – I still be­lieve in them strongly.

“So I’ve told the chair­man I want qual­ity rather than quan­tity when the win­dow opens again.

“Hope­fully by do­ing that we will save some money to use in the sum­mer.

“When a team is not scor­ing goals that is ob­vi­ously an area you have to look at, but it’s creat­ing as well from wide ar­eas and mid­field.

“So ev­ery­one has to look to help the strik­ers.”

As Saints re­turn from the in­ter­na­tional break, Wright con­firmed that de­fender Brian Eas­ton faces an­other four weeks on the side­lines.

He said: “The good thing is we have a break be­cause Mother­well are in the cup fi­nal so he’s not go­ing to miss that much foot­ball.

“Af­ter Sat­ur­day we don’t have a game un­til De­cem­ber, which is go­ing to be a very busy month, so hope­fully we’ll have him back for that.

“Michael O’Halloran, Chris Mil­lar and Mur­ray David­son will re­turn to train­ing this week but Ste­fan Scougall has a mus­cle in­jury.

“He will be about a week to ten days from when he did it so he won’t be avail­able for Hibs this week­end.”

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