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John Needham says St Mirren must balance the books in January but insists club won't risk derailing top six bid

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John Needham insists St Mirren won’t derail their top-six bid by selling off the family silver this winter. However, the Buddies chairman admits the club do need to balance the books after overstretching their playing budget in the summer.

The Saints bounced into the World Cup break on the back of their best start to a top-flight campaign since 1988. Having stocked up on players ahead of the 2022/23 season, Needham knows St Mirren may need to shift some fringe squad members on when the transfer window opens in January to ensure they remain sustainable.

But he is adamant the club won’t do anything to cost boss Stephen Robinson the chance of leading them to an elusive top-half finish, last achieved in Paisley in 1985.

Speaking exclusively to Renfrewshire Live Sport, Needham said: “We recruited very well in the summer. We’ve got five full internationals in the team and I can’t remember that ever being the case before at St Mirren.“That calibre of player gives you confidence and our squad has a bit of steel and resilience about it now.

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