Haber gets Saints chance

Canadian striker invited for St Johnstone trial

Haber: Set to link up with St Johnstone for pre-season tour of Iceland

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Canadian striker Marcus Haber has been given the opportunity to earn a contract with St Johnstone after being invited for a trial at the SPL club.

The 22-year-old spent time on loan at McDiarmid Park from West Brom last season but suffered a serious knee injury in November that cut short his spell.

Having since been told that the Baggies will not be activating a 12-month option on him, Haber has been given a second chance by the Saints and will join Derek McInnes' squad for their pre-season trip to Iceland.

McInnes is also confident of finalising deals for another couple of players in the near future.

He told The Courier: "There is a good chance one or two players will be coming in over the next week or so.

"Marcus will join us in pre-season so we can have a look at him. He has recovered fully from the injury he received playing for us.

"He is back home in Canada just now working on his fitness and playing charity and bounce games."

Difficulty

McInnes is desperate to bring in further reinforcements ahead of the start of the season but admits it has been hard to do business during the early part of the summer.

"Sometimes we have just had to say no because they are just too expensive," he explained.

"We have made plenty of enquiries and promptings for loan players. But the difficulty is that the English Premiership clubs don't start until three weeks after us.

"Although it is some concern, because I would like to get in more bodies to strengthen the squad, I am ready to wait for certain ones."

McInnes added: "We are looking for pace and a bit of invention. We want to add quality at the top end of the pitch."

The Saints manager also revealed that Sam Parkin had almost recovered fully after requiring ankle surgery last season.

"Sam will be tested with the rest of the lads and, while it might take him a couple of weeks to get up to speed, he has worked hard on his rehab so he won't be far behind," McInnes concluded.