St Johnstone striker Stevie May to discuss new contract

St Johnstone striker Stevie May

St Johnstone striker Stevie May plans to open contract talks with the Perth club before the end of the season.

The 21-year-old signed a one-year extension in October, tying him to the Perth club until the summer of 2015.

"We're hoping to sit down in the next week or so, have a discussion and see what both parties have got to say," said May.

"I don't see any reason why I shouldn't be here next season. I love it here and I've had a successful season."

May, a PFA Scotland young player of the year nominee, has scored 26 goals during this campaign, following prolific spells on loan at Alloa and Hamilton.

And it was a double from May that shot Saints into their first Scottish Cup final - against Dundee United next month.

"It's a club that's close to my heart," added May, who made a scoring Saints debut as a 16-year-old substitute.

"I live just round the corner from the stadium, which is perfect for me and my family.

"There is no reason for me to say I want away. I'm in no rush to move to England. I'm still improving and this is the perfect club for me to develop at."

The in-form forward made his Scotland Under-21 debut this season and manager Gordon Strachan is mulling over including him for the senior squad for a 28 May friendly with Nigeria in London.

However, the U21s play an important European qualifier against the Netherlands on the same day.

"I heard what Gordon said and if I got a call-up it would be the perfect end to a perfect season," enthused May.

"I believe I'm ready for international football. It is a big step up but if I was fortunate enough to get that chance I'd be honoured to represent my country.

"We've got the Scottish Cup Final coming up so it could be a fantastic couple of weeks if it does come true.

"It's hard to believe I was playing in the Third Division with Alloa only a couple of seasons ago and now I might get a chance with Scotland. Andy Robertson has done that already after moving from Queen's Park to Dundee United but it only took him one season."

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