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Tommy Wright targets more trophies with new St Johnstone deal

By Stuart McKinley

Tommy Wright has targeted more silverware after signing a new long-term contract at St Johnstone.

The Saints rushed to secure their manager on a deal that will run to June 2019 after flatly rejecting an approach from Dundee United last week.

And the former Northern Ireland goalkeeper wants to repay the faith shown in him by adding to the 2014 Scottish Cup triumph, which was the first senior trophy in the club's history.

"I am really enjoying my time here, I have been here almost four years and I am in my third season as manager," said Wright.

Wright, who won 31 caps for Northern Ireland, joined the club as assistant manager in November 2011 before taking over from Steve Lomas when he left for Millwall in the summer of 2013.

"We have achieved a lot in that time.

"I do feel there is still a lot to achieve with the group of players that we've got and when the chairman asked me to extend it it didn't take very long for us to get it sorted out and I am happy to be contracted here until June 2019.

"Looking back I don't think it could have went any better, from the first game in the Europa League against Rosenborg.

"On the field and off the field it's went really well.

"I am still ambitious, I want to achieve things and I think this squad will give me a great opportunity to maintain the success that we have achieved together and hopefully improve on that as well.

"You want to be getting to semi-finals and finals on a regular basis and if you do that then you can hopefully win a cup again, so there is a lot to achieve."

Wright described his decision to commit for the next four seasons as 'pretty easy' and there is no sign from him that the interest from Dundee United had any impact.

"It's a big commitment from both sides - the contract is nearly four years, this season plus another three, previously I was on two-year contracts, so it's a big commitment from both sides," said Wright.

"I think that both sides have been happy and it's been an easy decision and hopefully it was an easy decision for the chairman as well."

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