Jim Goodwin signs new deal with St Mirren

Jim Goodwin turns down Hibs offer and signs new deal with St Mirren

St Mirren skipper Jim Goodwin says he rejected the advances of Hibs and signed a two-year extension to his contract in Paisley out of a sense of loyalty to the Buddies.

The 30-year-old Irishman was a transfer window target for Hibees boss Pat Fenlon but has opted to pen a deal which keeps him at New St Mirren Park until 2014.

“I believe that there is a lot of unfinished business to be done here and I want to be a part of the future success of St Mirren,” Goodwin told his club’s official website.

Goodwin, who began his career with Celtic before moving on to Stockport, Scunthorpe and Huddersfield, returned to Scotland two years ago when he signed for Hamilton.

He made the switch to St Mirren last year and has made 22 appearances this season, scoring two goals.

His form alerted Hibs and the player held talks with the Easter Road club this month.

But he said: “I went to speak to Hibs because I thought they deserved the respect of me going there to at least listen to what they had to say.

“I went and spoke with their manager Pat Fenlon, who is a real gentleman, and it was an interesting conversation but my decision to stay with St Mirren was based on the relationship I have here with the manager and Tommy Craig, as well as the chairman and directors.

“As flattered as I am by the interest from Hibs and other teams, I think I owed St Mirren my loyalty and I’m delighted to have signed for another two years.”