St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has confirmed that he is hoping to make one January signing.
On the day his squad returned to training, the Perth boss gave an update on progress regarding extending the deals of current players – and the possibility of a fresh face being recruited.
Saints are one of a number of Premiership sides linked with Michael O’Halloran after the Scottish Cup hero was released by Melbourne City earlier in the week.
“I was speaking to the chairman last night and he’s working hard to extend contracts,” said Wright.
“There are quite a few on the go at the minute.
“The good news is that all the players we’ve spoken to have told us they want to stay. That doesn’t mean they will, because agents sometimes have a different outlook. But it is good news.
“We will look to bring someone in. We want to cement what we’re doing and improve.
“Most managers are glad when January ends. There always seems to be a bit of blind panic but we’ll take our time, assess what we need and hopefully we’ll get that over the line in the coming days and weeks.”
Saints will play a closed-doors match at the weekend, with a Scottish Cup clash against Hamilton Accies their first competitive post-break fixture.
“In a way I’m pleased we’re playing a Premiership club,” said Wright.
“We’ve both had the same break. If you’re playing a Championship club they’ve kept their match sharpness up.
“It’s the start of a run of a lot of games.
“It’s going to be a difficult period. The fixture list is congested to accommodate the winter break.
“2018 finished very strongly for us.
“To win away at St Mirren and to win in the manner we did against Dundee was very pleasing. That’s where we have to start again against Hamilton.
“These last 13 games before the split will be tough but we’ll be giving it everything.
“Everybody is looking forward now to kicking on again.”