Football - Lennon: Outgoing players are heroes

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon insists any player who leaves Paisley this summer will always be remembered by the fans.

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Lennon's Scottish Communities League Cup-winning squad will be together for the final time when they take on Kilmarnock in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Lennon this week told striker Sam Parkin and midfielder Graham Carey they would not be offered new deals and he advised four contracted players to find new clubs.

Loan players Paul Dummett, Conor Newton and Esmael Goncalves are due to return to their parent clubs while goalkeeper Craig Samson has rejected an offer amid interest from Motherwell and Kilmarnock and playmaker Paul McGowan is keen on a switch to England.

Lennon said: "This is a difficult stage of the season for any manager and it's inevitable that players that you want to stay are going to go and arguably go on to better things, and there are players that want to stay but have to go.

"And there are players out there that we have identified that we want to bring in and will try to get business done sooner rather than later.

"But the group of players we have had here, it's a remarkable achievement what they have done.

"Their season is going to be remembered for winning the League Cup for the first time in the club's history and every single one of them that go out the door will go out with their heads held high, and they will be remembered at this football club for the rest of their days."

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