St. Johnstone have a long list of 14 players who are going out of contract this summer, in the next week we will discuss all of these players in a 3 part series, delving into the discussion of who could stay, who should stay and who should probably move on.
Here are 5 players who are out of contract at Saints this summer:
It is easy to forget that Efe Ambrose is still contracted to St. Johnstone Football Club. The former Nigerian international joined Saints in the wake of Jason Kerr's departure last Autumn and, initially, looked to be a good addition - playing well in the away wins over Aberdeen and Dundee, as well as the home smashing of the 'Dark Blues', before the 3-0 home defeat to Livingston all-but ended his St. Johnstone career. After this game, he only played 90 minutes once again for Saints, before being shipped out on loan to Dunfermline Athletic.
[Efe Ambrose in action for Saints]
Ambrose spent the second half of the season with Dunfermline, but things only went from bad to worse for the defender - who was part of a dismal pars side that were relegated down to League One via the play-offs.
It is pretty safe to assume that he will be leaving McDiarmid Park in the summer. Efe had his good moments but ultimately is not good enough to break into the starting squad anymore, he was brought in on a one year deal to do a job, and will almost certainly be departing the club.
Zander Clark has been at St. Johnstone since he was 16 years old, and has been the first choice keeper in Perth for a number of years now. Following the departure of Alan Mannus in 2018 he has grown into the role and made it his own.
Clark has not been without his critics, but his performances especially over the last 2 years have cemented his place in the club's history, and also earned him numerous Scotland call-ups. Clark has played 210 games for Saints.
[Zander Clark applauds the fans]
This season Clark has been one of the best goalkeepers in the division, and without him, it is likely that Saints would have been relegated. His top-class performances, however, have gathered attention from elsewhere and the keeper has been linked to a whole host of clubs.
Callum Davidson has all but confirmed that he will be off in the summer and you can hardly blame him. He will have plenty of offers on the table, and will most likely be leaving McDiarmid Park.
St. Johnstone stalwart Murray Davidson has been at the club since 2009, wracking up a whopping 408 appearances - putting him well within touching distance of Liam Craig's record 445 games played for the club.
'Muzz' is well-loved by the Saint's support, and this season he managed to play 31 games in all competitions. Despite the loss of Ali McCann, Davidson has still been one of Saints' better performers throughout the campaign, and will always guarantee you 110% effort whenever he plays.
[Murray heads the ball]
I would be really surprised if Murray Davidson was not offered a contract extension. He may be 34 now but he still has enough for at least one more season at the club and has shown little signs of slowing down, if he can stay injury-free there is no reason why he could not break the appearance record, although it would be tricky.
Personally, I think that Murray will be at McDiarmid Park next year, and rightfully so.
Liam Craig has been an outstanding servant for St. Johnstone since joining in 2007 from Falkirk, initially on loan. The Midfielder has played a wide variety of positions, from Left Back to Attacking Midfield but most recently he has been played in the centre of the park. As aforementioned, Craig is St. Johnstone's appearance record holder, playing an incredible 445 games for the Perth side. He is a club icon and has given Saints fans countless memories of his time in blue and white.
[Liam Craig on the pitch with his children after the play-off win]
Craig briefly departed Saints for Hibernian, but saw sense and returned in 2015 and has not looked back since. He was a big part of last season's cup double win and was able to lift both trophies, no less than he deserved.
Liam has been part of St. Johnstone's coaching staff for a few years now, with a heavy focus on developing the young talent coming through and has confirmed that he will be retiring at the end of the season, to move into a coaching role full-time at the club.
Jahmal Hector-Ingram joined St. Johnstone on the 1st of February 2022, following the news that Chris Kane would be out for the rest of the 2021/22 season.
He was a free agent, having been released by Derby County the previous summer and came to Perth with a pretty decent pedigree, his exploits at youth level had St. Johnstone fans excited about how this unknown quantity could break into the side and perhaps solve the goal scoring issues which the club faced.
[Hector-Ingram warms up]
Well, months later and unfortunately Hector-Ingram remains an unknown quantity. He has never set foot on the pitch for the club, only making it onto the bench at all on 4 occasions before never being seen again.
It is likely that Hector-Ingram will depart the club in the summer unless Callum Davidson decides to give the 23-year-old a chance.