Paul Heffernan rejected the chance of Premiership football to remain with Hibs despite being offered a two year deal on more money, a decision which pleased Alan Stubbs, the Easter Road side’s head coach.
The Saints were in the market for a new front man following the departure of Stevie May to Sheffield Wednesday earlier this month and saw the experienced striker as the ideal candidate to fill the Scotland under 21 star’s boots.
Stubbs told the Edinburgh Evening News: ‘Paul did not want to go. He said he loves it here and wants to stay and fight for his place. I`m happy with that, it`s really great for the club`s point of view and mine that we have players who do not want to leave.
“It tells you that maybe we are doing something right.”
Heffernan has had an injury plagued spell at Easter Road since joining last autumn when fellow Irishman Pat Fenlon was still at the helm and missed the majority of the campaign.
Another injury ruled him out as pre-season training began however he has worked his way back into contention and started matches against Livingston and Falkirk although he was substituted on both occasions.
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