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Friday, 25 May, 2001, 12:19 GMT 13:19 UK
Connolly boost for Saints
Striker Paddy Connolly will stay on at St Johnstone
Striker Paddy Connolly will stay on at St Johnstone
St Johnstone have confirmed that Paddy Connolly has signed a three-year contract - but are resigned to losing striker Nathan Lowndes.

Manager Sandy Clark has won his tug-of-war with former McDiarmid Park boss Paul Sturrock, who wanted to take the frontman to Plymouth Argyle.

The 31-year-old was tempted with a move to England, but he has decided to commit himself to the Scottish Premier League club.

Managing director Stewart Duff said: "Paddy has signed a three-year contract and we're delighted that the player has decided to stay here.

Bitter taste

"He was approached by Plymouth Argyle and they made him an offer, but the player turned them down to commit himself to the club.

"Paul Sturrock is the manager down there and he used to be the manager here so knows all about his capabilities, but we're pleased he's opted to stay."

But St Johnstone's joy at securing the services of Connolly was tempered by the "disappointing" actions of Lowndes.

The Salford-born striker failed to contact manager Sandy Clark yesterday before jetting off on holiday and that has left a bitter taste in his mouth.

The club have now almost certainly given up hope of keeping Lowndes and believe money has had a big say in his decision to quit.

Disappointed

Duff added: "I don't know what Nathan's going to do because he is away on holiday now.

"I would say he was going to leave now on the basis that he was meant to come in yesterday to see the manager, but he let the manager down, so I wouldn't be confident he'll sign.

"I think money has played a part here and there's been speculation that Aberdeen, Kilmarnock and Livingston have offered him more money.

"It's up to Nathan now, but we're disappointed in him because it's common courtesy to get in touch.

"I think he's going on holiday to America today when he's meant to be getting in touch, but he might still get in touch today, you never know."

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