St Johnstone star Paul Sheerin bids an emotional farewell to McDiarmid Park faithful
May 10 2010 By Anthony Haggerty
PAUL SHEERIN bowed out of McDiarmid Park after six years having lost to Hamilton on the day but the veteran midfielder will remain a winner in the eyes of Saints fans.
The 35-year-old was presented with a special memento before the match after being voted Player of the Decade by the supporters.
And as he called time on his St Johnstone career, Sheerin admitted has plenty of memories to look back on and cherish - chief among them winning the First Division title last year.
The former Aberdeen, Inverness Caley Thistle and Ayr United ace said: "I have been six years at Saints and it is rare these days to stay at a club for so long.
"I stay in Perth and bump into fans so you have an affinity with them. They gave me a decent send-off and being voted Saint of the Decade was a terrific accolade - it's nice to follow in the footsteps of 1980s and 90s winners John Brogan and Roddy Grant.
"The highlight of my time here was getting my hands on my first league winners' medal after we clinched the First Division championship last season - it was a great feeling that I will never forget. It would have nice to finish with a win or a draw today to cement seventh spot but it was not to be.
"I hoped to get a longer run-out in my last match but the game was in the balance and I understood the manager not wanting to change it too much.
"It's been a great season as we started as favourites for relegation but the players or the manager never thought like that at any stage.
"We always felt that we would hold our own in the SPL and hopefully the lads can build on this as they now have set a standard. We only missed out on sixth spot on the last day before the split and I am sure bosses Derek McInnes and Tony Docherty will continue to improve the club.
"They will set themselves targets which I believe they are capable of reaching."
Sheerin has been linked with moves to old club Ayr and Arbroath but ideally would like to combine playing and coaching duties with his next side.
He said: "I don't know what the future holds. I want to stay full-time but realise that may be difficult in Scotland.
"I am still fit enough to play but the legs are not as young as they used to be - if a coaching post came up I would be interested."