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Mannus signs on at St Johnstone as Dodds hails Boyce

 

By Graham Luney

Alan Mannus has signed a one-year contract extension with St Johnstone. The Northern Ireland goalkeeper has made 202 appearances for Saints - managed by Tommy Wright - since joining from Shamrock Rovers in 2011.

Former Linfield stopper Mannus had been linked with a switch to Motherwell but has decided to stay and fight for his place. Mannus lost his place to Zander Clark for much of the season but returned to the side in mid-March.

The 35-year-old made only 18 appearances, having lost his place in August.

Meanwhile, Ross County assistant manager Billy Dodds admits the club may have become embroiled in a battle for survival without top scorer Liam Boyce.

The former Cliftonville hero is the Premiership's top marksman with 23 goals - the first player from a bottom-six club to head the scoring charts in the post-split era.

"We could have been bang in it, or in those play-offs," Dodds said. "We had a spell where we hit bottom of the league. I'm not taking that away from him, but it's definitely a team game.

"Boycey is meticulous. In two and a half years, you wouldn't believe the way his body has changed. It's helped him become an all-round better player."

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