St Johnstone earmark fit-again Sam Parkin for loan

Sam Parkin
Parkin has returned to training after suffering a leg break in February

Striker Sam Parkin is just one of several players being earmarked for loan spells with other clubs by new St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas.

The 30-year-old Parkin has not played since breaking his leg in February.

"Sam is back available," Lomas said. "He played a bounce game and we hope to get another one on Tuesday.

"We hope someone like him can go out on loan to the Scottish First Division to get some games to then stake a claim come January. "

Parkin, who joined Saints in summer 2010 after leaving Walsall, had scored five goals for the Perth side before his injury.

"I have watched him in training and, I tell you what, he is looking really good," enthused Lomas, who takes charge for the first time against Rangers on Saturday.

The new Saints boss is pleasantly surprised by the quality of his squad after having had more than two weeks to familiarise himself with his first-team pool.

"We've had a couple of bounce games thrown in which you get to know, not just the first-team players, but boys who haven't been getting a game regularly," he said.

"I've been mightily impressed. Not just the depth but the quality.

"They are looking to stake a claim and we have got everybody fit now, which is good.

"A few might go out on loan to get some games if we can arrange that.

"We're in good shape. The boys on the fringes are definitely a viable option if the other boys take their foot off the pedal."

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