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Attila told to sign - or quit.

St Johnstone manager Paul Sturrock will not ignore the wage structure at McDiarmid Park to keep contract rebel Attila Sekerlioglu.

Midfield ace Sekerlioglu, 32, whose contract is up in November, jetted in to Perth yesterday to join Saints' new season training today.

And Sturrock told him to play for a new deal or play for a move.

He said: "We were in negotiations with Attila at the end of the season but could not reach agreement over his personal terms.

"We have a wage structure and what his agent suggested would have broken it.

"We are not prepared to do that."

Sekerlioglu has been a key player for Saints since he signed up in December 1995

at the same time as

former Coventry winger Leigh Jenkinson.

But unless there is a breakthrough in negotiations, Sekerlioglu will return home

to Austria in November -

a critical spell in the Premier League calendar.

Sekerlioglu has already compared his life in Scotland to the life of a `gypsy' -

continually jetting back and

forth to visit his family who are based in his homeland.

But Sturrock added, " The door is always open for Attila, and I am sure he will conduct himself very


"He is a great professional. But he has been told that he can either play so well that we offer a new deal, or

he plays well enough to get a move to a club who will meet his demands."

Meanwhile Sturrock's European scouting missions have failed to bring new faces to McDirarmid Park to

fire their Premier challenge.

The Saints boss has clocked up thousands of miles in the hope of securing top names.

The First Division champions recently failed to land Paddy Conolly from Airdrie at the second attempt.

But Sturrock insists that he is in no hurry to make rash signings.

"We have a lot of irons in the fire. We have spoken to agents,managers and players but availability and

price range have sometimes meant that it is outwith our terms to complete deals.

"But we will keep trying, and we won't rush into anything just to have new signings for the start of next


"The players have to be the right ones," he said.

St. Johnstone could be set to make a decisive pre-season scoop however - with the signing of the

Caledonian Reds.

Saints Chairman Geoff Brown is hopeful of securing a deal which will see rugby's

European stars

permanently based at McDiarmid Park.

He said, " Things like securing that the Caledonian Reds will base themselves here, shows how St.

Johnstone are looking to the future."
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Date:Jun 25, 1997
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