MICHAEL O’Halloran has played his way into an extended deal with St Johnstone.
The 23-year-old ex-Bolton and Celtic youth striker, who bagged a brace in the 2-1 win over Motherwell which was Stuart McCall’s final game in charge of the Fir Park side, has secured a 12-month extension to 2016.
Saints manager Tommy Wright said: “We were delighted with Michael last week against Motherwell and, given the way his contract was set up, there was a trigger point for an extension from both parties. He’s reached that number of games so he is automatically here for another year now and I’m delighted.
“Michael scored a couple last year and has scored three now this season. He’s a relatively young player that I think will continue to improve. He’s got good ability, two good feet and I’m delighted we’ve got him for another season.
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“He’s a typical wide player. We need to get him the ball because, when he gets it and he’s positive, he does cause people problems. He needs to bring a wee bit more composure into his game. If you look at his second goal against Motherwell, he showed great composure and he can do that – he does it in training. That’s the sort of thing I want to see him do more of.
“He’s so eager to do well, I think he puts himself under pressure at times if things don’t go right. But Michael has worked on that, he’s dealing with it, and I think the Motherwell game was a good example because he made a wee mistake for their goal but came back and scored twice.”
Wright has to wait for a medical green light on concussion victim Murray Davidson before listing his team to face Dundee.
“Murray has to be a medical decision. I would never interfere in that respect – the player’s health has to come first. There are guidelines but this isn’t a grey area. If there isn’t anything in the rulebook regarding concussion injuries, then I think something probably should be done to firm it up.”
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