Temple Of Saints

The Surreal World of the Prospective Saintee and Transfer Target ........Season 2002-2003.

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., 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 webmaster@grange.demon.co.uk

Trialists - Check the names and excuses from the Great Saintee Search and see who's drinking the bars dry in the Perth hotels.

Who wants to be a Saintee - They might never have worn the top but they're still part of the Great Search (even if only in the fevered dreams of tabloid journos and agents).


Who ? Where Did This One Come From ? So What Happened? End Result?
Jerome Molinier Jerome Molinier Troyes / Nimes 28-yr old left-sided midfielder who scored against the Gorgie Gits in a pre-season bounce game on 24/07/02. Had a trial at Dunfermline before and came on the recommendation of Judas Sturrock. 1m 73 tall.
Scored 5 goals in 24 appearances for Angers in France in 2000-01. Left without a deal being offered.
No Deal
Chris Hay Chris Hay Huddersfield, Swindon, TFOE 28-yr old ex-Celtic striker on trial at McD in August 2002. 5ft 11 he left Celtic for Swindon in a £330,000 move before moving on to Huddersfield for £ 70,000 in 2001. Was freed by the Terriers in the summer. Reasonable player at Celtic but not exactly missed by any of his English employers.
Played a couple of reserve games and signed on 29/08 until mid-January.
Became a Saintee
Colin Cramb Colin Cramb Accies, Jambos, Bury, Oldham etc, etc, 28-yr old striker appeared as a trialist against Scumdee in the U-21 game in Dec 2002. He's been round the grounds as they say and had trials with everybody lately.
Rumours of any move denied by Saints on 31/12
No Deal

Signing Targets

Target Who is He ? Background End Result ?
Jamie Smith Jamie Smith TFOE junior member Rumours in June 2002 of a potential loan deal for the 2002-03 season. Currently a 22-yr old wonder kid and plays up front. Been on the fringes of the TFOE first team for a while but really needs a breakthrough.
Matthew Griffiths Matthew Griffiths Caerws League of Wales top keeper, the 30yr old was the subject of some 'net speculation about a move to Saints in June 2002.
26/07/02 - apparently signed for junior side Linlithgow Rose.
Steven Milne Steven Milne Scumdee Rumour on the forums on 12/07/02 had the 22-yr old Scumdee striker set to head to Saints in a £100,000 deal early next week. Very much conjecture but the shake-up and financial situation at Dens could give it some credence. Rubbish
Steven Ferguson Steve Ferguson Ross County 25-yr old midfielder/forward who was transfer listed in Dec 2002 by Alex Smith. Linked in the Sun on 22/01/03 with a move to Saints or Ayr. Previously played at the Pars but has been at Dingwall for 6 years.
Denied by Saints on 23/01.
Ian Harty Ian Harty Stranraer Former Albion Rovers striker whose set the 2nd Div alight. The 25yr old has scored about 60 goals in the last 3 seasons. Out of contract in June 2003 and linked with a move to Saints, ICT or Raith in the Sun on 17/04/03.
07/05/2003 - Sun reports he's in talks with Clyde.
14/05/03 - Signed for Clyde
Went to Clyde
Mixu Paatelainen Mixu Paatelainen Hibs Ex-Sheep, Arabs, Bolton and Hibs Finnish striker, the 36-yr old was freed by the Easter Rd men in May 2003 and immediately linked in the press with a move to Saints. Decent goalscorer but not exactly in the first flush of youth.
17/05/03 - Media reports have the striker set to sign on Monday.
19/05/03 - Signed a 1-yr deal as player / first team coach.
Became a Saintee
Richie Hart Richie Hart ICT Ex-Ross County man who played 18 games for Caley Thistle over 2002-03 and scored 6 goals. The 24-yr old midfielder is highly rated in Inverness. Rumoured to be joining Saints on an ICT forum in May 2003. Rumour
David Hannah David Hannah Ross County, Tims, Arabs Experienced 29-yr old midfielder who started at the Arabs then move Timwards (where he worked with Stark) before trying his luck in Cyprus. Spent 2 months last season at Dingwall.
Reported on 17/05 as being set to sign for Saints next week.
Signed a 3-yr deal with Ross County on 28/05.
Stayed at County
Paul Lovering Paul Lovering Clydebank, Hibs, Ayr Out of contract at Somerset Park and rumoured to be moving to Saints in May 2003. 27-yr old left-sided defender who started at Clydebank before moving to Hibs then Ayr.
Signed for Saints on 02/06/03.
Became a Saintee

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