Mark O’Hara

Name: Mark O’Hara
Date of Birth: 12th December 1995
Place of Birth: Barrhead, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Position: Midfield
Height: 6ft 3in
Weight: 12.6st
Signed: 1st June 2022
Departed:
Debut: 9th July 2022 v Arbroath
Final Match:
Apps: 25
Goals: 6
Honours:

Local lad O’Hara was the first signing announced by Stephen Robinson when he signed a pre-contract with Saints in March 2022 when still at Motherwell before officially joining the club on the 1st June 2022.

Vice-captain of the squad, O’Hara has had the armband for most of the season as Joe Shaughnessy dropped out of the first team, and he has led by example with 6 goals from midfield including a vital goal in the 2-0 victory over Celtic in September.

A vastly experienced player despite being only 28 years of age, O’Hara includes Kilmarnock, Dundee, Peterborough and the ‘Well amongst his former employers as well as gaining 2 caps with Scotland under 21.

Tony Watt

Name: Tony Watt
Date of Birth: 29th December 1993
Place of Birth: Coatbridge, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish (1 cap)
Position: Centre Forward
Height: 6ft
Weight: 11st
Signed: 31st January 2023 from Dundee Utd (Loan)
Departed:
Debut: 1st February 2023 v Aberdeen (3-1)
Final Match:
Apps: 1
Goals: 0
Honours:

Thierry Small

Name: Thierry Small
Date of Birth: 1st August 2004
Place of Birth: Solihull, England
Nationality: English
Position: Left Back/Wing Back
Height: 5ft 10in
Weight: 11.8st
Signed: 31st January 2023 from Southampton (loan)
Departed:
Debut: 01/02/23 v Aberdeen (3-1)
Final Match:
Apps: 1
Goals: 0
Honours:

An England youth international, Small was signed by Stephen Robinson on the final day of the January 2023 transfer window to provide much needed cover in the left wing back position.

The former Everton youngster also had a loan spell with Port Vale and notched an assist on his debut when his corner was headed home by Declan Gallagher to complete a 3-1 victory at Pittodrie.

Declan Gallagher

Name: Declan Gallagher
Date of Birth: 13th February 1991
Place of Birth: Rutherglen, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Position: Centre Back
Height: 6ft 6in
Weight: 13.5st
Signed: 26th June 2022 from Aberdeen (free)
Departed:
Debut: 9th July 2022 v Arbroath (0-1)
Final Match:
Apps: 22
Goals: 1
Honours:

Scotland international Gallagher was signed in the summer of 2022 by Stephen Robinson after Jim Goodwin allowed him to leave Aberdeen on a free transfer. Adding great presence to the back 3, the commanding centre back is also very comfortable with the ball and has been a leading defender in the Premiership for several years after being promoted with Livingston in 2018.

After starting his career at Celtic, Gallagher has also had spells at Clyde, Dundee, Livingston and Motherwell as well as gaining 9 Scotland caps.

01/02/2023 Aberdeen (A)


Prem
 

Pittodrie
Aberdeen
Aberdeen1-3St. Mirren
McCrorie 6
Miovski 74p

Main 57
Main 81
Gallagher 90
Att: 13,014 Referee: G Irvine

VAR: G Duncan

No PlayerRating
1Trevor CARSON 7
22Marcus FRASER 7
13Alex GOGIC8
18Charles DUNNE (45)7
23Ryan STRAIN 9
3Scott TANSER (72)8
17Keanu BACCUS9
6Mark O’HARA 8
11Greg KILTIE (90)8
10Curtis MAIN 9
21Alex GREIVE (72)7
Substitutes
9Tony WATT (72)7
8Ryan FLYNN (90)6
30Fraser TAYLOR
24Lewis JAMIESON
25Kieran OFFORD
31Dec GALLAGHER (46) 8
5Richard TAYLOR
16 Thierry SMALL (76)7
27Peter URMINSKY (G)
AVERAGE PLAYER RATING7.67

Banner photo courtesy of Connor Ryan

Ethan Erhahon

Name: Ethan Erhahon
Date of Birth: 9th May 2001
Place of Birth: Glasgow, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Position: Central Midfield
Height: 5ft 10in
Weight: 10.4st
Signed: 30th May 2017 from Youth Academy
Departed: 31st January 2023 to Lincoln City (£350k)
Debut: 28th April 2018 v Falkirk (0-1)
Final Match: 28th January 2023 v Motherwell (1-0)
Apps: 123
Goals: 4
Honours: 2 Scotland u21 Caps

Ethan Erhahon signed professional terms with the club in the summer of 2017 under the tutelage of Jack Ross, however the youngster had been at Saints since 2005 when he was just 4 years old and progressed through the various age groups within the academy in addition to being one of the first inductees of the national SFA Performance School.

Making his first team debut at the Falkirk Stadium on the final day of the promotion winning 2017/18 campaign still aged only 16 as a vital experience gaining stage of his development, the young midfielder found himself fast-tracked to the first team a few months later when the man who replaced Jack Ross, Alan Stubbs, was sacked after a dismal start to the 2018/19 season. With the transfer window shut and the squad having no left back, new manager Oran Kearney decided Erhahon could fill that role until the next signing period in 4 months time.

Despite having never played this position before, Erhahon performed admirably in this role as he made 23 appearances in his breakthrough season, scoring once against Alloa in the Scottish Cup, and collecting multiple Young Player of the Year awards in the summer of 2019.

During the 2019/20 pre-season, Jim Goodwin replaced Oran Kearney, meaning despite only turning 18 years of age, the youngster was now on his fourth manager as a professional at the club. Although he was used as a left back in the League Cup group stages, Goodwin returned the youngster to the under 20 side and he did not make a Premiership appearance the entire season, although this was a campaign cut short in March 2020 by COVID, by which time Erhahon had moved to Barnsley on loan where he joined their youth team for an assessment prior to a potential transfer which did not transpire as football shut down for several months.

The following season (2020-21) started and finished behind closed doors with Erhahon seemingly still not in the first team picture from the outset, until from nowhere in the sixth fixture of the league campaign, he started against Hibs at St Mirren Park on the 12th September 2020 in the centre of midfield and would be a regular in that position for the next two and a half years, where his probing passing and positional sense helped Saints shifting from a team almost always fighting relegation to a top six European football chasing side.

The youngster scored his first league goal for the club in November 2020 when he smashed a 30 yarder into the top corner at Pittodrie during a 2-1 defeat on a cold Friday night, and followed this up a few weeks later at home to St Johnstone in a 3-2 victory, but the Glasgow born midfielder only scored one more time for Saints, the following season at Livingston as he became more of a ‘protector’ in the side which contained attacking options from the middle of the park such as Jamie McGrath, Conor Ronan and Greg Kiltie.

The 2021/22 season was something of a watershed one for Erhahon, where he seemed to fall out of favour with Goodwin leading to specualtion about his future, but he returned to the first team when the 2013 League Cup winning captain moved to Aberdeen in February 2022 and Stephen Robinson took over as manager of the club. From here, Erhahon played his best football for Saints under the Northern Irishman, with his form improving considerably and importance to the first team growing to the point where his absence presented a significant loss for the starting XI.

With the club and player at stalemate over a new contract which was due to end in May 2023, Saints decided to cash in on their long term asset, and after seventeen years as part of the club, Erhahon signed for English League One outfit Lincoln City on the 31st January 2023 for a reported fee of £350k following 123 appearances in the black and white and 4 goals.

Career Stats (Saints only)

GoalsDate
Alloa 19/01/2019
Aberdeen 02/10/2020
St Johnstone 19/12/2020
Livingston 02/10/2021

International Appearances (Scotland U21)

OppositionDate
Northern Ireland02/06/2021
Northern Ireland05/06/2021

2023 Form

28/01/2023 Motherwell (H)


Premiership
 

St. Mirren Park
Paisley
St. Mirren1-0Motherwell
Main 15
Att: 6,424 Referee: J Beaton

VAR: G Irvine

No PlayerRating
1Trevor CARSON 9
22Marcus FRASER 9
13Alex GOGIC8
18Charles DUNNE 7
23Ryan STRAIN (87)8
3Scott TANSER 7
16Ethan ERHAHON8
6Mark O’HARA 6
11Greg KILTIE (87)7
10Curtis MAIN 8
21Alex GREIVE (60)7
Substitutes
7Jonah AYUNGA (60) (79)7
8Ryan FLYNN (87)6
30Fraser TAYLOR
24Lewis JAMIESON
25Kieran OFFORD (79)7
31Declan GALLAGHER (87)6
5Richard TAYLOR
27Peter URMINSKY (G)
AVERAGE PLAYER RATING7.33

Motherwell: Kelly, Johnston, Blaney, Lamie, McGinn, Spittal (Crankshaw 56), Slattery, Goss (Cornelius 89), Shields (Tierney 56), Van Veen, McKinstry 
Subs Not Used: Oxborough, O’Donnell, Johansen, Donachie, Ross

Ryan Strain

Name: Ryan Strain
Date of Birth: 2nd of April 1997
Place of Birth: Coventry, England
Nationality: Australian
Position: Right Wing Back
Height: 5ft 11in
Weight: 12st
Signed: 28th June 2022 from Maccabi Haifa (Freedom of Contract)
Departed:
Debut: 16th July 2022 v Cowdenbeath (2-0)
Final Match:
Apps: 23
Goals: 2
Honours:

A cultured right sided player comfortable at wing back or as a more orthodox winger, Strain arrived in Paisley after a spell in Israel with Maccabi Haifa, where injury limited him to just 15 appearances during his solitary season in the Mediterranean country.

Prior to this, Strain had spent his entire career in Australia, where he had moved as a teenager from England and gained citizenship in 2020, allowing him to make his debut for the Socceroos prior to the 2022 World Cup as a Buddie.

A free kick expert, Strain is famously the grandson of Saints legend Gerry Baker who played for the club between 1958-60, scoring 63 times in 85 matches.

Marcus Fraser

Name: Marcus Fraser
Date of Birth: 23rd July 1994
Place of Birth: Kirkintilloch, Scotland
Nationality: Scottish
Position: Right Back/Centre Back
Height: 6ft
Weight: 11st
Signed: 28th June 2020 from Ross County (Freedom of Contract)
Departed:
Debut: 1st August 2020 v Livingston (1-0)
Final Match:
Apps: 109
Goals: 4
Honours:

A versatile defender, Fraser was signed by Jim Goodwin in the summer of 2020 from Ross County where he was captain at the Dingwall club. Previously, Fraser had spent his entire youth career and early period as a professional at Celtic where despite 38 youth caps for Scotland up to under 21 level, made only two appearances for the Parkhead club before moving to the Highlands in 2015.

Capable of playing either right back or wing back in a 3 or 4 defensive shape, Fraser is probably at his best at centre back, particularly on the right side of a 3-5-2 formation. Signed a 2-year contract extension in early 2023 which will take his time in Paisley to 5 years should he stay at the club.

Charles Dunne

Name: Charles Dunne
Date of Birth: 13th February 1993
Place of Birth: Lambeth, England
Nationality: Irish
Position: Centre Back
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 13.7st
Signed: 2nd June 2021 from Motherwell (Freedom of Contract)
Departed:
Debut: 13th July 2021 v Dunfermline (1-0)
Final Match:
Apps: 48
Goals: 0
Honours:

Dunne arrived in Paisley after 4 injury blighted seasons at Motherwell where he had built a good reputation as a speedy and reliable centre back before fitness issues meant he made only three appearances in his final two seasons at Fir Park.

Perhaps looked at as a gamble due to these issues, Dunne has had no long term injury problems at Paisley and has performed admirably on the left side of Saints three centre backs firstly under Jim Goodwin and then under old mentor Stephen Robinson.