Howard agrees new Saints deal

Goalkeeper to pen two-year extension

Howard: Two-year deal

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St Mirren goalkeeper Mark Howard has agreed a new two-year contract with the SPL strugglers.

The 22-year-old will sign a deal that will tie him to St Mirren Park until the summer of 2011.

St Mirren boss Gus MacPherson, whose side sit 11th in the SPL, will welcome the news after shot-stopper Chris Smith underwent surgery to repair a damaged cruciate ligament last week.

Howard has been first-choice goalkeeper for the majority of this season after initially struggling to displace Smith following a 2007 summer move from Cardiff.