Today club captain Jason Kerr has reportedly sealed a £600,000 move to League One club Wigan Athletic.
[Jason Kerr was a rock at the back for St. Johnstone last season]
Kerr's Saints contract was due to run out in summer 2022 and he would have been free to talk to other clubs in January. The 24 year old was close to a move to fellow League One side Charlton Athletic but Wigan managed to usurp them at the final hour.
Whilst there are mixed feelings regarding the transfer fee one certainty is that Jason Kerr is a St. Johnstone legend and I do not think anyone can blame him for leaving. He will now likely be earning 5 figures a week down south and can go far in the English game.
Jason Kerr captained St. Johnstone to a historic cup double victory last campaign and was a huge part of those triumphs. He has started 8 of our 9 games so far this season and is a crucial part of Callum Davidson's team and system.
[Jason's opener against Galatasaray]
He will be a devastating loss to the club but I have to say it is incredible to see a St. Johnstone academy graduate moving on for a 6 figure fee. £600,000 is a lot of money for the club and it will certainly help after the devastating impact of the pandemic. Hopefully there is a heft sell-on clause included.
Kerr will be fondly remembered at McDiarmid Park and has definitely etched his name in St. Johnstone folklore since joining at 16 years old. I can only wish him the best and I'm sure he will prosper for Wigan Athletic, he's a top top player.
[Kerr lifts the Scottish Cup]
He does deserve a move and I have no qualms with that, my only real concern is who will replace him. We are now left with 3 centre backs - one being Muller who despite his ability is still 19 and on loan - whereas Liam Gordon is injured. It will be interesting to see how the club deals with this.
On behalf of all Saints fans: Thank you Jason, you have been a great player for the club and we wish you all the best. Hopefully we can see you back in Perth some day.