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Dorman seals new St Mirren deal

Andy Dorman shows off his award
Dorman chipped in with four goals from midfield last month

St Mirren have taken up the option to extend midfielder Andy Dorman's contract by another year.

The 26-year-old, who is the Clydesdale Bank Premier League player of the month for February, will now stay with the Buddies until the summer of 2010.

Dorman moved to Paisley from American MLS outfit New England Revolution in January 2006.

He has been a key figure for Gus MacPherson's side and has scored seven goals this season.

Four of those goals came last month in the Scottish Cup and league draws with Motherwell, Falkirk and Hearts.

"It's a proud moment in my career but at the same time I'm aware of the influence of my coach and team-mates had upon me being able to receive the award," said Dorman.

"We've come a long way since last year. I think we play a much more attractive style of football.

"This year, I think we are a few wins away from having a good season.

"I've enjoyed my time here and I am happy to stay here for another year."

Meanwhile, 1000 children will gain free entry to St Mirren's league clash with Hibernian next month.

The Paisley club's main sponsor, Braehead Shopping Centre, has agreed the deal for the 13 April clash at St Mirren Park.

Saints chairman Stewart Gilmour said: "It's in everyone's interests to encourage young people to come to football matches.

"We realise there are a lot of other activities these days that can take kids away from football and this initiative can go a long way to attract youngsters back to the game.

"The more youngsters we have coming to football matches, the more secure the future of football will be.

"These kids can be football's fans, potential sponsors and possibly even players of the future. We don't want them lost to Scotland's national sport."

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