New two-year-deal for St Johnstone stalwart Steven Anderson

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Steven Anderson.

St Johnstone have handed long-serving defender Steven Anderson a new two-year-deal.

The 32-year-old is the club’s all-time record appearance holder, having arrived at McDiarmid Park back in 2004.

He has made over 400 appearances for Saints and scored the opening goal in the Scottish Cup final victory over Dundee United in 2014.

Welcoming the news, Saints boss Tommy Wright said: “He’s been a huge player for St Johnstone over the years and as one of our senior players and given the age of the squad it was important for me to make sure we held onto him.

“Obviously, Steven was one of the players who had an extension clause in his previous contract which he had triggered through his playing time, but that was just a one-year-extension and we wanted to have his future secured longer term.”

Also staying at the Perth club next season is 23-year-old full-back Scott Tanser, who joined from Port Vale last summer and has signed a one-year-extension.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Mark Hurst has also signed a one-year-extension but Saints have decided not to offer 20-year-old Ben MacKenzie a new contract and the player has been released.