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TOMMY WRIGHT admits he's desperate to resurrect moves to tie up Danny Swanson on a new contract.

The St Johnstone winger is back in favour after his on-field scrap with colleague Richard Foster at Hamilton.

The 30-year-old was restored to the Perth squad for the 2-1 weekend loss to Aberdeen and bagged his 13th goal of the season coming off the bench.

And now Saints boss Wright has urged chairman Steve Brown to keep his top scorer at McDiarmid Park.

Wright said: "Danny made a difference when he came on against Aberdeen.

"Danny and his agent were due for a meeting about a new deal but it went on hold for obvious reasons with the investigation going on after what happened at Hamilton.

"But now that meeting has to take place quickly.

"Danny is wanting to stay and I have always wanted him here. I'd be disappointed if we can't hold on to him.

"Danny is a quality player.

The incident was unfortunate but that has no bearing on his future at the club. We haven't tried to make excuses for Danny and Richard.

"I don't know if any other club would have dealt with them as strictly as we did.

"What happened at Hamilton was a bad advertisement for the game so we acted as swiftly and as strongly as we could.

"We have had to let the dust settle but with his performance against Aberdeen Danny showed he cares and wants to be here.

"Getting Danny tied up is our immediate priority but I have to identify players to strengthen us for next season as well."

Saints have made the top six for the last half dozen years but Wright insists they can't afford to rest on their laurels.

He said: "Things can turn quickly in football. Look at what has happened at Dundee - and Inverness won the Scottish Cup the year after us.

"It shows the importance of holding on to the players we have and to recruit well in the summer."


GO ON MY SWANSON Wright hopes to keep Danny at Saints

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 19, 2017
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