St Johnstone: Goalkeeper Alan Mannus signs new one-year deal

St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus

Goalkeeper Alan Mannus has agreed a new one-year contract with St Johnstone.

The Northern Ireland international's contract was due to expire in the summer and he will remain at McDiarmid Park.

Mannus joined Saints in July 2011, replacing Peter Enckelman as the club's first-choice keeper over the following season.

Steve Lomas's side qualified for the Europa League by finishing third in the Scottish Premier League.

That came with victory over Motherwell on Sunday and Mannus told his club website: "It was an amazing way to finish a brilliant season for us.

"If we hadn't made Europe it might have taken some of the shine of the campaign, but the fans will remember this.

"They have been brilliant throughout the season and we saw how much it meant to them at the end.

"It is special for me and the rest of the players. I will never forget it. The supporters were singing my name and that meant a lot to me.

"I'm glad the fans are happy at the end of a long hard season.

"I was unaware that this is just the third time in the club's history they had finished third - that gets things in perspective and it probably still hasn't sunk in what we have achieved.

"Europe is the icing on the cake because I had already agreed to stay before Sunday. Hopefully it will persuade a few of the other lads to stay."

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