JIM GOODWIN has signed a new one-year contract at St Mirren after helping the club retain their Scottish Premier League status.

The former Town midfielder switched from Hamilton, who ended up being relegated, to the Paisley club in January.

The Republic of Ireland international left the Galpharm in August after making 47 appearances following a switch from Scunthorpe in 2008.

The 29-year-old, who started his career at Celtic before moving South to Stockport, is the latest in a line of Saints players to agree new deals.

The Buddies have also brought in former Burnley striker Steven Thompson, and Goodwin believes the club can thrive.

“My intention was always to stay because I have enjoyed my time at the club and there is a great relationship between the people here and the players,” explained Goodwin.

“The facilities and the training ground are great and I have enjoyed going to work here as much as I have at any other club I’ve been with.

“The manager (Danny Lennon) told me I was in his plans a few weeks ago.

“The deal has been on the table since then but I was away on holiday for a few days, so this has been the first chance I’ve had to get it sorted.”

Meanwhile ex-Town striker Duncan Shearer is back in full-time football after St Mirren’s SPL rivals Inverness Caledonian Thistle put him in charge of their Under19 side.

Caley boss Terry Butcher has been impressed with Shearer’s part-time work with the Under 17s.

Shearer, a former Inverness player and assistant manager, has been working as a delivery driver.

He netted 47 goals in 94 games for Town between 1986-88.