Nigel set for Saintees
By Stuart Gillespie
Updated Friday, 1st June 2012
Former Saints striker Nigel Hasselbaink has agreed to join SPL rivals St Johnstone after turning down the Buddies offer of a new contract.
Hasselbaink, who scored eight times for the Buddies last season, claimed the deal he was offered to stay at Greenhill Road wasn't good enough, while manager Danny Lennon said it was more then a fair. A number of clubs were linked with the Dutchman, including Aberdeen and Kilmarnock, but instead he has opted for the Saintees.
It's frustrating news for Saints fans who were keen to see Hasselbaink stay. He may have been inconsistent but on his day his combination of pace and power made him a real handful for opposition defences.
It's clear money has talked on this one but loyalty is a thing of the past in football these days and Nigel had only been with us for a year. Scotland's two footballing Saints have a similar standing, but the Saintees have finished above us for the last few years and made the top six last season, earning them a place in Europe. They also seem to be able to offer higher wages, which is why they've had guys like Michael Duberry and Jody Morris in recent years.
Hasselbaink's countryman Jeroen Tesselaar - who also turned down a deal to stay at Saints despite verbally having agreed a contract - has attracted interest from Dundee United but has now been offered a contract by League Cup winners Kilmarnock. That'll be the Kilmarnock whose manager whined about us budgeting for the top six last season in a bid to suggest he had a smaller budget...
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