Mitchell to remain a Jag??

Last updated : 19 June 2005 By Mike

Mitchell has indicated he wishes to stay at Firhill, but while the experienced midfielder knows he had a poor campaign last season, his actions in April, just weeks after proclaiming his love for the club and admitting the ultimate responsibility for their downturn in fortunes lay with the players, means he has a lot of work to do on the park to convince the Jags support.

It's still not certain that Mitchell will definitely be a Jags player come the start of the season, but despite being quick to condemn the players' behaviour at the time of the incident and insisting, "Indiscipline is something that I will not tolerate at this club", manager Dick Campbell knows Mitchell could still be a useful player to have in his squad.

He admitted: "I've been aware of the speculation over Jamie Mitchell, but he has always remained contracted to Partick Thistle and has one more year on his deal so he'd only have been moving if a transfer fee had been involved. But I have had very positive talks with Jamie and I am delighted with the enthusiasm he has shown for remaining at Firhill and his determination to be a big player for us in the season ahead.

"Jamie has amassed a fair bit of experience, and that is something that will be important to us in the Second Division. With a good pre-season behind him, he would give us options. With a reduced squad and in a tough league like the Second Division, you must have options and versatility in your squad and Jamie would strengthen our hand in these departments."

Meanwhile, Campbell's search for a striker will have to continue as talks with Jerome Vareille failed to come to fruition and the veteran frontman has joined Second Division rivals Ayr United. The Jags were also rumoured to be interested in Derek Holmes and Mixu Paatelainan, but wages were a stumbling block and the latter has now verbally agreed a new deal at St Mirren, while another of the Jags reported signing targets, Arbroath's Gavin Swankie, is set to complete a move to Dundee.