Temple Of Saints

The Surreal World of the Prospective Saintee and Transfer Target ........Season 2004-2005.

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., 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?
Steven Tarditi Steven Tarditi Aberdeen 19-yr old set to join Saints for pre-season training. 6ft 2" tall target man he only played one sub game for the Sheep but before that banged them in at U-21 and U-19 level.
Described as "premature" by the Saints manager on 07/06/04. Never came to Saints and ended up at East Fife.
Ended up at East Fife
Mark Robinson Mark Robinson Hartlepool Arrived for a week's trial after being released by Hartlepool in July 2004. Left-back aged 23 who spent most of last season on loan at Scarborough. Had 2 weeks on trial then played at Montrose in a pre-season friendly and Forfar 3 days later before being told Saints weren't interested in signing him. Not good enough
Jordan Tait Jordan Tait Ayr / Ross County 25yr old right-sided defender / midfielder on trial with Saints in July 2004. Played right-back vs Leicester on 24/07.
Signing talks confirmed on 26/07 and signed a 1-y deal a day later.
Became a Saintee
Chris McLeod Chris McLeod Ex-Rangers 20-yr old centre-half who spent Jan-May 2004 on loan at Morton (playing 6 games) before being released by the Dark Ones in the summer. Played centre-half vs Leicester on 24/07 and kept on for a further week's training. Not good enough
No picture available Stewart Kerr Wigan 29-yr old ex-TFOE keeper who came on trial on 26/07/04. After TFOE he was at Wigan before being forced out through injury. On Aug 3rd announced he'd given up on his comeback. Gave up
Alan Reid Alan Reid Hibs Ex-Hibs midfielder who came on trial on 26/07/04 Not good enough
Paul Harries Paul Harries Football Kingz Striker born in 1977 who has been at Portsmouth, Exeter, Palace and Macclesfield as well as plenty of time down-under. Over 6ft tall joined Saints on trial in August 2004. Wasn't able to get international clearance and so didn't play in a game - Saints wouldn't take the risk and the trial wasn't progressed. Red Tape Stopped it
Steven Anderson Steven Anderson Dundee Utd Ex-Arabs youth player who joined on trial in August. 18-yr old and a decent right-back. Played and scored against Forfar on Tues 17/08 then in the first team against St Midden in the Battle of Love St. Signed a deal until the end of the season on 24/08. Became a Saintee
David Cowan David Cowan Motherwell Played a bounce game with Saints in Jan 2005. 22-yr old full-back / midfielder who's had a few games for the Well first team but spent 18 months out with a broken leg.
Signed on 19/01/05 until the summer.
Became a Saintee
Brian Cash Brian Cash Forest and others 23-yr old Irish right-sided midfielder who played as a trialist in a reserve game on 01/02/05. Set to be kept on for a fortnight's trial.
Feb 10th - no offer yet from Saints and in talks in Ireland with a club there.

Signing Targets

Target Who is He ? Background End Result ?
Lee Hardy Lee Hardy Ayr Striker Linked with Saints on the 18th after being freed by Ayr in May 2004. 6ft tall 23yr old he was there for six months after previously playing in the North West of England.
Report in the papers on 29/05 confirmed we're in talks with the player.
Signed a 1yr deal on 01/06/04 - Left in Jan 2005 after losing his first-team place.
Became a Saintee
Craig Easton Craig Easton Dundee Utd 25-yr old midfielder who spent his career at Tannadump before being freed in May 2004. Linked with a move to Saints on May 19th but seems set for a move to Italy.
Well almost - ended up signing for Livvy in July.
Went to Livvy
Sean Webb Sean Webb Ross County 21-yr olf Irish Central defender. 6ft1 and capped at U-21 level, he was rumoured to be set for a move on June 2nd. - Signed a 1-yr deal on the 3rd. Became a Saintee
Colin Marshall Colin Marshall Clyde / Aston Villa Right-winger who spent last season on loan at Clyde from Villa. Rumoured to have been seen at Saints in early June. Born in 1984 he's highly rated.
Seen at McD with his agent on 3rd June. Reported the next week to have verbally promised to sign.
Sun on 09/06/04 confirms he's signed but nothing official yet.
16/06/04 - finally signed a 1-yr deal. Left at the end of August following a mutual agreement to end his contract.
Became a Saintee
David Hannah David Hannah Ross County Rumour on 07/06/04 that the ex-Celtic and Arabs midfielder was leaving Dingwall for Saints. Left Ross County "by mutual consent"
Signed a 2-yr deal in June 2004.
Became a Saintee
Steve Bowey Steve Bowey Queen of the South Geordie attacking midfielder who is probably the best in the division just now. Rumoured to have been the subject of a five-figure June bid by Saints which was turned down by the club. Stayed at QoS
David Bingham David Bingham ICT Former Saints kid who went via Forfar, the Pars and Livvy to ICT. Plays up front. Rumoured to be the subject of a five-figure June bid by Saints.
Reports on 09/06 that he's signed for Gretna
Went to Gretna
Jim Hamilton Jim Hamilton Ross County Ex-Scum, Arabs, Jambos and Sheep striker and never a favourite with the Saints fans that 28-yr old target man spent a year in Dingwall before being linked with a move to Saints in mid-June. - ended up at Livvy a few days later Denied - went to Livi
No picture Available John Fraser Clyde Reported to be interesting Saints in the Retard on 28/06/04. 26-yr old midfielder. Confirmed by Saints the same day that the player is training with the club with a decision expected by the end of the week.
02/07/04 - John Connolly says he's not interested.
Not good enough
Paul Sheerin Paul Sheerin Aberdeen 29-yr old left-sided midfielder ruled surplus to requirements at the Sheep. Former Ayr and ICT player he was rumoured to be in talks at McD over a move on 30/06/04. Later reports however, suggest the Sheep are keen to hang onto him - confirmed on 08/07/04
So 3 weeks later he signed a 2-yr deal for us on a free transfer!
Became a Saintee
Leigh Hinds Leigh Hinds Aberdeen Former Clyde striker rumoured to be a target of Saints in June 2004. - By July he was being linked with Partick instead.
30/07 - Saints rumoured to be back in the hunt with Clyde and Partick.
Signed for Partick on 31/07.
Went to Partick
Martin Hardie Martin Hardie Killie Former Partick and Killie midfielder who suffered from injury problems at Kilmarnock last season which ended with him being released. The attacking midfielder was linked with a move to Saints on 08/07/04. A proposed 6-month deal was withdrawn by Saints after medical reports. Called off
No picture available Ian Harty Clyde Ex-Stranraer striker who has been outstanding in the 1st Division for a couple of years. Reports on 09/07/04 that Saints are trying to sign him. Confirmation on 12/07 that a bid had been made and was rejected
17/07 report suggests deal is back on. 21/07 - Harty rejected the deal.
Rejected Offer.
Dougie Cameron Dougie Cameron Dundee 21yr old left-sided midfielder who made a few appearances for the Scum before undergoing strict quarantine and moving to Saints for a trial in July 2004. Very shite hairstyle though. Not good enough
Fergus Tiernan Fergus Tiernan Sheep 22-yr old midfielder with 59 appearances for the Dons under his belt. On trial at Saints on 15/07/04 but would cost a fee to sign. Not good enough
Iain Russell Iain Russell Dumbarton 21-yr old ex-Well striker who joined Dumbarton in Jan 2003. Scored 10 goals in 27 starts last season. Reported on 20/07/04 that Saints had made a £10,000 bid for him. Rumour
Allan McGregor Allan McGregor TFOD 22-yr old Huns goalkeeper linked with a move to Saints on 09/08. Not sure if it's a permanent or a loan deal at this stage but already in talks.
Signed on 10/08/04 in time to let 3 in against Alloa.
Became a Saintee
Kevin Fotheringham Kevin Fotheringham Clyde 29-yr old ex-bloody everybody left-sided midfielder/defender. Linked to a swap move to Saints for Eddie Malone. Signed a 2-yr deal on August 25th 2004. Became a Saintee
Chima Onyeike Chima Onyeike Everywhere 29-yr old Dutch / Nigerian striker linked with a move to Saints in a Sky Report on 24/09. Take this one with a pinch of salt just now. Denied
David Graham David Graham Stranraer 21-yr old striker linked with a Jan 2005 move to Saints in a Sun story on 30/11/2004. Scored 31 goals in 42 starts for Stranraer.
Signed for Gretna for £50,000 in Jan 2005.
Went to Gretna
Robert Sloan Robert Sloan Hearts 21-yr old left winger who's played 15 games for the Jambos - Signed an 18-month deal on January 19th. Became a Saintee
Stephen Dobbie. Photo copyright PPA (www.ppapix.co.uk). Used with permission. Stephen Dobbie Hibs Ex-TFOD youth striker whose been told to move on loan from Hibs for first team experience. Revealed to be in talks with Saints on 19/01/05. - Fell through when it was revealed he'd only move on loan.
Eventually did sign on loan until the summer of 2005.
Came on loan

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