St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin signs new two-year deal

St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin
Goodwin had been linked with a move to SPL rivals Hibs

St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin has ended speculation over his future by signing a new two-year deal with the club.

Goodwin's contract was due to expire in the summer and he had been approached by Scottish Premier League rivals Hibs.

The 30-year-old Irish midfielder said he was flattered by the interest but that he was happy in Paisley.

"I'm confident I've made the right choice as St Mirren are a club looking forward with great ambition," explained Goodwin.

"I think everyone had written me off at St Mirren. But I was never that close to leaving to be honest.

"Hibs had expressed an interest and out of respect for Pat Fenlon and Hibs it was right that I spoke to them and heard what they had to say.

"But when I sat down and had a moment to myself I thought I was giving up an awful lot here, in terms of relationships, the captaincy and what we are trying to do.

"It is one of the best dressing rooms I have been involved in and I am extremely happy here.

"The easy option might have been to go to Easter Road and the big facilities and all that but I think I made the right decision.

"The majority of people I spoke to were expecting me to go to Hibs and probably advising me to go to Hibs.

"So I think it says a lot for St Mirren and for the manager that I chose to stay here.

"I have a great relationship with everyone at the club and I was due them a bit of loyalty as well.

"The gaffer showed a lot of faith in me and gave me the armband at the start of the season.

"I enjoy going to work every day. I enjoy the training sessions because they are football daft here.

"St Mirren play the way I want to play and that was a huge factor in my decision."

Buddies boss Danny Lennon, who signed Goowdin in January 2011, was delighted to retain his skipper.

"Jim has a big part to play in what we are trying to build at this football club," he said.

"We try to compete as best we can with the other clubs and I think it is a credit to everyone involved at St Mirren, from the fans to the directors to the staff and players here, that that type of player has chosen to stay here."

Lennon also revealed that he has dropped his interest in former Hibs and Newcastle winger Alan O'Brien who was training with the Saints for a few days.