Stephen Robinson reacts to Caolan Boyd-Munce bid and makes St Mirren transfers vow

St Mirren midfielder Caolan Boyd-Munce
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Caolan Boyd-Munce won’t be sold on the cheap – that’s the message from St Mirren boss Stephen Robinson.

The Buddies knocked back a reported £175,000 bid for the midfielder from Sky Bet League One side Leyton Orient on Tuesday.

Boyd-Munce has been offered a contract extension at the SMiSA Stadium on the back of an impressive season which ended with his first caps for Northern Ireland.

Paisley chief Robbo admits everyone has their price but warned the club doesn’t have to sell.

“We won’t sell players for cheap any more,” he said. “We don’t need to do that. Footballers have a choice and I hold no grudges. They can stay and see their contracts out but we won’t sell anyone under value.

“We rate Caolan very highly and we think there’s a lot more to come. We won’t entertain offers that aren’t in the region that we want. We certainly won’t be letting him go for the bids that have come in.

“He’s a big part of what we’re doing. He needs to remain focused on that because there’s a lot of competition in the squad. We know what qualities he has, we expect teams to be interested in our good players after our performances last season.”

Boyd-Munce, who joined Saints 16 months ago, excelled in the second half of last season with his general play and set-piece delivery.

It was his first full campaign after false starts at Birmingham City and Middlesbrough with Robbo convinced the 24-year-old is in the perfect place to develop.

“St Mirren provide a platform for players,” he added. “Caolan has certainly progressed with our coaching staff here and his application and talent.

“His development should be here, I’m biased I know. Of course, everyone has a price.

“We are a club that sells players but the days when players left for £50,000 won’t be happening. We’ve progressed from that and are determined to build a football club and attract more players like him.

“He’s a boy who lost his way a little bit, didn’t have a club, and we took a chance.

“He’s developed and that’s the platform St Mirren can give. Eventually, players leave but they will leave on my terms and the club’s terms.”

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