RELEASED: St. Johnstone Reveal Players Let Go

Following Monday night's play-off win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle, St. Johnstone's season was officially over, with eyes now firmly cast towards the future of the playing squad.


Saints have now revealed the list of players who have been released from the club upon the expiration of their contract in the summer, as well as those who have been offered new deals.


The Players who have been offered new deals include Jamie McCart, Zander Clark and Callum Hendry, whilst Murray Davidson has signed on for another year at McDiarmid Park. Shaun Rooney has departed the club, signing for Fleetwood Town, we wish him all the best down south.


Whilst McCart, Clark and Hendry are expected to depart for pastures new, we will only find out the future of the players above for certain in the coming weeks.


Those who will be definitely departing the club upon the expiration of their contracts are:


Elliot Parish


English Goalkeeper Elliot Parish will be departing McDiarmid Park after 20 games over a 3-year spell in Perth. A steady backup keeper and a well-liked figure in and around the club, Parish has reportedly made the decision to retire from football at the end of the season. We wish Elliot all the best in his retirement and hope to see him back at McDiarmid Park one day.

[Elliot Parish in action for Saints]


Nadir Ciftci


Former Dundee United Striker Nadir Ciftci joined St. Johnstone in January, with the club giving him a 6-month contract in the hope that he could fire the team to safety, in reality he ended up being an incredibly disappointing addition, scoring no goals in 12 games. The club understandably did not offer him a new deal.

[Nadir Ciftci has a strike at goal]


Jacob Butterfield


Journeyman midfielder Jacob Butterfield joined Saints on a free transfer in December last year, playing 19 games in the middle of the park. Butterfield has a stacked CV and did show moments of quality, with some good performances sprinkled in there, but ultimately for one of the higher earners at the club, he did not do enough to warrant an extension and will be off to pastures new in the summer.

[Jacob Butterfield passes the ball]


Sam Denham


Young Centre Half Sam Denham spent last season on loan at firstly Brechin City, and then Cowdenbeath. He made 24 appearances out on loan this season and had been touted as a good young talent who could break into the first team. The 19-year-old was not offered a new deal and has been released.


Jordan Northcott


Young forward Jordan Northcott has spent plenty of the last 3 years out on loan, most recently being at Brechin City for the second half of the 2021/22 season. The 20-year-old made 3 appearances for St. Johnstone, as well as making the bench on numerous occasions.


Craig Bryson


Midfield veteran Craig Bryson joined Saints in 2020 on a free transfer playing 38 games for the club and playing a big part in the cup double win of 2020/21, where he even started the Scottish Cup final. Bryson was a quality player over his time at the club and will be a big miss, but his torrid time with injuries is likely the reason why he will be leaving the club - there was no sign in his performance level that he was slowing down, but unfortunately in his final season, game time was heavily limited by a string of injuries.

[Craig Bryson directs play]


Liam Craig


St. Johnstone legend, and all-time appearance record holder, Liam Craig was an outstanding servant for the club. Across his 2 spells in Perth he played 453 games, in a period of 12 years on the books of Saints. The 35-year-old is retiring upon the expiration of his contract, and moving into a coaching role, something that he was talked about for a while and makes a lot of sense, Craig is a pivotal player in the history of the club and it is great to still have him around to shape the next generation.

[Liam Craig on the ball]


Jahmal Hector-Ingram


The former Derby County man joined St. Johnstone on a free transfer following the closing of the transfer window. Hector-Ingram never played a game for the club, appearing on the bench a few times before disappearing altogether towards the back end of the season. An emergency backup who was never needed, Hector-Ingram departs the club.


Efe Ambrose


Former Nigerian international Efe Ambrose joined St. Johnstone on a free transfer following the deadline day departure of Jason Kerr in 2021. Ambrose played a handful of games, looking decent before dropping a couple of clangers and being dropped from the side. He spent the back of the season on loan at Dunfermline, where he was part of a dismal pars side that were relegated.

[Efe Ambrose challenges for the ball]


Loans


Glenn Middleton and Tom Sang have both returned to their parent clubs following the expiration of their loan deals. Both players showed plenty of quality and promise in their time at the club, and the door would likely be open for a return.


We would like to personally say a massive thank you to all of the players who have been released at the end of their contracts and wish them all well for their future endeavours.

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