Murray set for Buddies exit

Veteran midfielder ready to depart St Mirren

Hugh Murray: Midfielder to leave St Mirren at the end of the season

St Mirren midfielder Hugh Murray is set to leave the club at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old holds the record of most appearances for the Paisley side, having played 467 times since his debut in 1997.

Murray, who broke into the side under Tony Fitzpatrick towards the end of the 1996-97 season, has also set the record for the most league appearances by a Saints player at 402.

He was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame in 2006 at the age of just 27 and was honoured with a testimonial season the following year.

Legendary status

Buddies boss Danny Lennon said: "Shuggy has set himself in the record books at a club he has served terrifically well for 15 years.

"In the modern era, it is rare for a player to spend his whole career at the one club. I think that is to be praised and commended.

"Shuggy has now thrown down the gauntlet to our emerging young players, such as Jason Naismith and Thomas Reilly, encouraging them to be the next players to serve the club impeccably well in the years to come and to achieve legendary status at a club that is steeped in 135 years of rich footballing heritage.

"We wish Shuggy every success in the future and believe he will continue to make a positive impact on Scottish football in the years ahead."