Murray signs new two-year-deal

Saints central midfielder Murray Davidson has agreed a new two-year-deal which will keep him at the club until at least the summer of 2020.

The 30-year-old has penned the 24-month-contract which also contains an option for a further year depending on appearances.

Murray joined Saints from Livingston back in 2009 in the summer before the club’s first season back in the top flight of Scottish football. The midfielder was part of the 2014 Scottish Cup-winning squad and since signing for Saints has also played for the Scottish national side.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have signed a new contract,” Murray said, “it’s great to be continuing my career with St. Johnstone.

“I’ve loved my time here and it was really a no-brainer for me to commit to the club for another two years. We’ve enjoyed some great success here since I joined the club nearly a decade ago and hopefully we can continue that in the years to come.

“I’m really excited about next season. Obviously, three long-serving players who were part of the Scottish Cup-winning team have moved on and it’s a shame but that’s football. We still have a really strong squad and I’m sure there will be some new additions over the summer too.

“As one of the more experienced players in the squad, I want to help some of the younger players to step up and fill the gap left by the lads that have left the club. I’m sure the club can kick on and have yet another good season next year.”

Saints boss Tommy Wright was also delighted to secure Murray’s future for another two years.

“I emphasised to the chairman how important Murray was to my team,” Tommy commented, “and it was common knowledge that he had a clause to trigger an additional year but I was determined to tie him down for longer than that.

“So obviously I’m delighted the deal is done – he’s a huge player for us. He’s had yet another good season and I know he’ll be raring to go again for the next campaign.

“It’s no secret that we are a much stronger side when Murray Davidson is in it. He’s consistently been one of our best performers year-on-year and his experience in the middle of the park is important to the side moving forward.”