St. Johnstone's Out-of-Contract Players: Part 2

St. Johnstone have a massive 14 players whose present deals are expiring in the coming weeks. If you would like to see the first 5 we covered, you can do so HERE


This post will be going over the next 5 Saints who are out of contract in the summer:


Craig Bryson


Midfield veteran Craig Bryson joined Saints in September 2020 after leaving Aberdeen, on a free transfer. The Derby County hero made a big impact in his first season, playing 30 games for the club - including a start in the Scottish Cup final victory over Hibernian. Bryson is incredibly technically gifted and offered something different in midfield to compliment Murray Davidson and Ali McCann.


Unfortunately for Bryson, his second season at the club was plagued with injuries, as he missed the start of the season, before then playing 10 games and getting injured once again at the turn of the year, not playing a single game in 2022.


Bryson was a good option in midfield, and had it not been for his injury troubles he would likely have played a big part for Saints this season, looking comfortable on the ball when he did play.

[Bryson challenges for the ball]


It is likely that he will leave the club in the summer, with the addition of Melker Hallberg and the permanent signing of Ali Crawford bumping him down the Midfield pecking order. The 35-year-old has probably played his last game in a Saints shirt.


Shaun Rooney


Cup double hero Shaun Rooney joined St. Johnstone in the summer of 2020, as Tommy Wright's last ever signing for the club. Rooney became a club legend during the cup double-winning run, scoring multiple crucial goals - not to mention the winning goal in both finals.


Rooney has been one of St. Johnstone's best players since joining and is adored by the fans. The powerful defender has scored 10 goals for Saints in 71 games, also providing 3 assists as he has become a main attacking outlet and a real force up and down the right flank.

[Shaun Rooney celebrates his goal against Inverness Caledonian Thistle]


Rooney missed parts of this season through injury and St. Johnstone really struggled without him. He adds something completely different to the side, and troubles opposition defences. He always wears his heart on his sleeve, and his passion on display - especially in the play-off win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle - means that he is a Saints fan favourite.


However, it has today been confirmed that Shaun Rooney will be joining Scott Brown's Fleetwood Town upon the expiration of his contract. A massive loss for Saints and somebody that will be a huge miss for the club.


Jamie McCart


Another former Inverness Caledonian Thistle Defender, Jamie McCart joined St. Johnstone in January 2020. After signing a pre-contract with the club, Tommy Wright sorted a deal with Inverness to see McCart move to Perth early.


McCart has been a mainstay in the team ever since, with the left-footed Centre Back becoming a key member of the squad, especially since Callum Davidson came in. McCart was excellent in his first full season, with his partnership with Gordon and Kerr a massive factor in the double win. His long-range passing and tidy tackling made him a big asset to Saints, his diagonal balls were utilised well and created plenty of chances for Shaun Rooney on the opposite side.


Jamie McCart's second season in Perth has certainly been a little less successful. Following the departure of Kerr, and Liam Gordon's injury the defence was unsettled at the begging of the season before McCarts form drastically dipped approaching the winter break - as Saints failed to win a league game from October to February.


McCart's form picked back up following the arrival of Dan Cleary, and whilst maybe not back to his best, was certainly much better than the opening months of the campaign.


[Jamie McCart fights for possession]


It has been rumoured that McCart would leave the club since as early as last summer, with numerous English sides interested in him, as well as Hibernian who had bids for the defender knocked back.


McCart will likely leave the club in the summer, with John Mahon expected to fill his slot in the left-hand side of the defence.


Elliot Parish


Elliot Parish joined St. Johnstone in 2019, on a free transfer from Dundee. He has been back-up goalkeeper to Zander Clark ever since, filling in when called upon and doing a pretty solid job of it.


Parish has had a few poor performances here and there, but on the piece has been a solid 2nd choice keeper - he is not good enough to hold down the number one spot, but that was never his role.

[Parish organises his defence]


It is looking likely that Parish will depart the club in the summer, although I would not rule out a 1-year extension. 'El Paz' as he is known by some sections of the support (thanks to the Dogger Saints Podcast), could stay for another season, but the club may want to promote young prospect Ross Sinclair to the position of 2nd choice keeper.


Tom Sang


Tom Sang joined Saints on loan at the very end of the January transfer window. The Englishman was brought in from Cardiff as cover for the injured Shaun Rooney at Right Wing Back.


Sang played 9 games for Saints and looked to be a tidy addition to the side, he was a more attacking option than Brown but still looked capable defensively. His crossing created opportunities in the box and he was lively up and down the flank.

[Tom Sang trains]


Following the return to fitness (and form) of Shaun Rooney, Sang was dropped to the bench and did not play in either of the play-off games.


Sang's loan spell is up in a couple of weeks, and whether the door is open for a return is up for discussion. Now that Rooney's departure has been confirmed Saints could do a lot worse than bring him back to Perth as his replacement.

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