This page lists the details of those professionals who have been deemed
possible disciples at McDiarmid (as inspired by the Great Striker Search
of 97) but then vanished into the Twilight Zone of the Trialist. Also we
look at the myriad of players the media have linked us with and the
various transfer rumours which abound in the media (usually after we play
the Old Firm) of players leaving the Hallowed Halls of Saintdom.
Previous details can be found here., here. and here.
If anyone has any more info / data on the players listed below (or names of new entries) e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Who ?||Where Did This One Come From ?||So What Happened?||End Result?|
|Mohammed Sylla||Le Havre / Le Mans||A 23-yr old French-Ghanian defender brought over on
11/07/00. Has experience of French 1st and 2nd Division football and is
available under Bosman.
13/07/00 - Might be French Guyanan. He's in line to play against Norwich this weekend tho.
15/07/00- MoM against Norwich and we can only hope St. Sandy signs him. Some information in that he's played for both Le Havre and Le Mans.
16/07/00 - Sandy's speaking to his agent. Rumour is now that he's called Mohammed and comes from the Ivory Coast.
17/07/00 - Ivory Coast location confirmed and he's now been outed as Mohammed Sylla.
18/07/00 - Nobody knows where he's from but talks have started on a deal.
Signed on 19/07/00 after passing a medical. Hes actually a Guinean raised in France. Confused? You will be.
|Became a Saintee!!|
|No picture available||Laurent Grimaud||France?||French midfielder brought over on trial on 16/08/00. Due to play in a closed doors game on 16/08. He's 24.||Not Good Enough|
|Nicolas Ouedec||Nantes?||Shh...this one is Top Secret apparently with nobody at the club admitting that he was there from 16/08/00. Even the name is just a rumour but if it is M. Ouedec then he's a 29-yr old striker who's played for Nantes, Barcelona and PSG.||Rubbish|
|No picture available||Monsieur X||France||Full back who played as right back in the 0-0 Hibs U-21 game on 02/10/00.||Ongoing|
|Sean Evers||Reading||23-yr old attacking midfielder who cost the Royals £500,000
in March 1999. Out of favour and linked with a loan / trial move to
Perth on 10/10/2000.
Played in a bounce game on 10/10 and Saints hope to sign him on loan until the end of the season.
13/10/00 - signed a 3-month loan deal.
|Became a (Temporary) Saintee!!|
|Mark Watson||Oldham||30-yr old Canadian defender who played for the U-21s on 06/11/00. Here for a week. 6ft tall with 63 caps for his country.||Not Good Enough|
|Tommi Kautonen||Vaasa||28-yr old defender / winger who played for Saints U21s
in a trial against Sellik on 13/11/2000. Available on a free transfer if
Headed home after a fortnight but future "business might be done" according to the manager.
|Monsieur 4||France / Switzerland||Trialist midfielder (wore the no 4 shirt) who played
for about 70 minutes of the Allan Preston Testimonial
Nothing known except that he may be Swiss and may have played for AS Cannes. Went home on 25/03/01 but may be back over the summer.
|Monsieur 8||France||Trialist midfielder (wore the no 8 shirt) who played
for the first half of the Allan Preston Testimonial. Looked fairly fast
with some good ball skills.
Went home on 25/03/01 - unlikelyt to return.
|Target||Who is He ?||Background||End Result ?|
|Ross McLaren||Hamilton defender||18-yr old linked with a possible move to Saints or
Dundee Utd in the Sun on 06/06/2000.
Confirmed by the club on 07/06/00 - a possible Bosman move is on the cards.
07/07/00 - the player would have signed but a back injury means he's out until October so any deal is on ice until then.
|Gordon Connelly||Southend defender||Ex-Airdrie player linked with Saints in a Record report
on 06/06/2000. Stoke are also interested and the player has already said
he wants to stay in England - We've been linked with this dud before.
Denied by the club on 07/06/00
|Pat McGibbon||Wigan Athletic||Sun report on 30/06/00 links Saints with a move for the
N Ireland internationalist although both Swindon and Bournemouth are
also interested. He's 6ft 2 and 26-yr old. Played for Man Utd
Story said to be "rubbish" by Sandy Clark.
|Paul Hartley||Hibs||Ex-Raith and Hibs midfielder/winger who is linked with
Saints at start of July 2000. Turned us down when he went from Raith to
Courier on 03/07 said that a £200,000 fee had been agreed.
|Became a Saintee!!|
|Gary Locke||Jambos||25-yr old defender linked with Saints in a Radio Forth report on 10/07/00. Played under Sandy at Hearts in the youth team but given his die-hard Jambo image it's hard to see how he'll be desperate to play for Saints.||Rubbish|
|Stephen Boyack||Dundee||24-yr old ex-Rangers defender linked with Saints on 04/08/00 in a possible £250,000 move.||Rubbish|
|No picture available||Eric Tarborda||Clydebank Trialist||Retard report on 07/08/00 says we'll be watching this French midfielder.||Rubbish|
|Burton O'Brien||Blackburn||Ex-St. Mirren midfielder linked in Sun reports on
05/10/2000. A possible trial at McD looms.
06/10/00- denied by St. Sandy.
20/01/01 - resurfaced in the papers with Saints, Well and the Arabs all interested in the 19-yr old.
|Andy Dow||Sheep||Grapevine rumours in Dec 2000 have him targeted for a
move to Saints at the end of the season.
Turned down a move to Saints in March 2001 where he would have moved as part of an exchange for Bollan.
After Aberdeen put him on the transfer list he's been linked with us again in May.
|No picture available||Paul Sheerin||Caley Thistle||Midfielder rumoured to be interesting Saints in the
Retard report on Jan 6 2001.
Denied by Saints in May - he signed for Ayr Utd
|Scott Dobie||Carlisle||21-yr old striker with 24 goals in 90 games. Priced around the 1/4 million mark. Rumour surfaced of Saints' interest on the grapevine in early Feb 2001.||Rubbish|
|Paul Bernard||Aberdeen||Former £1m-rated midfielder whose form of late has
meant that the Sheep are willing to let him go on a free.
Linked with Saints in a Sunday Mail report on 11/03/01.
|No picture Available||Davie Nicholls||Falkirk||Bairns skipper rumoured to be the target of a pre-deadline bid by Saints in March 2001. 28-yr old he's a midfielder.|
|No picture Available||Adam Proudlock||Wolves||Young striker who impressed on loan to Clyde last season. Rumoured to be watched by St. Sandy in April 2001.||Vague Rumour|
|Layton Maxwell||Liverpool / Stockport||Welsh U-21 midfielder on loan from Liverpool to
Stockport. St. Sandy rumoured to have watched him in action for
Stockport reserves in April 2001. Born 3/10/79 he's 5ft 8 and described
on the official Liverpool site as "the new Sammy Lee"
10/05/01 - came to Perth for a 2-day trial.
|No picture Available||Peter McDonald||Rangers||Reserve striker - linked with Saint in report on 13/05/01 but a rumoured £100,000 asking price is believed to be too much for Saints.|
|No picture Available||Davie McFarlane||Hamilton||22-yr old striker linked with Saints in a Retard report on 31/05/01.|
|Player||Off To ?||The Truth||Has He Gone Yet ??|
|Kieran McAnespie||Fulham||More than likely with the player unwilling to sign a
new deal at Perth.
Signed on 08/08/00 for £80,000
|Paddy Connolly||Ayr||Another loan spell for Paddy started at the end of Aug
2000 with a view to a permanent move.
Returned a month later and with the striking crisis at Saints finds himself in the first team.
May 2001 and despite a new contract offer rumours of a move to Plymouth.
|Craig Russell||Notts County||Notts fan site messageboard rumour - no mention anywhere else.||Nope|
|Kiegan Parker||Everton, Celtic||A cracking 2000-01 season so far means the tabloids are
sniffing. 04/12/00 report from Dens mentioned Walter Smith was at the
game....etc etc etc
One week later and it's TFOE who are interested - again denied.
|Gary Bollan||Hearts, Killie, Livingstone||Out of contract at the end of the season and reports in
the papers in December say he's signing a pre-contract agreement with
Hearts on Jan 1st. Saints have denied reports of any bid being received.
Eventually signed for the Gorgie Gits on 30/03/01 for a nominal fee but failed a medical. Expected to fuck off in the summer.
Latest in the list of people he'll fuck off to is Livingston - SPL whipping boys for 2001-2002
|Nathan Lowndes||Aberdeen, Livingston||Scotsman Report on 21/04/01 links the Sheep with a move
Signed for Livvy in May 2001