ST MIRREN captain Stephen McGinn wants to extend his stay in Paisley after reigniting his passion for the game at Saints.

The skipper was made captain by Jack Ross shortly after signing with the club last January from Wycombe.

The midfielder is keen to extend his stay with the Buddies, with his current deal set to run out in the summer.

He said: “I’ve got a close relationship with the manager and we always talk.

“There have been discussions at the very early stage.

“It’s been such a heavy schedule it has been hard to sit down and actually do it.

“In the end at Wycombe I felt as if I’d lost a wee bit of my spark, my love of the game. I’m obsessed with football and I’d lost my way a bit.

“I came up here with the pressure of being a captain and to try and stay in the league and then go and try and get promoted.

"It has been a pressure that I’ve relished and I’ve got my love back for the game.

“I love it here, I love the manager, the club and the way I’m treated here so it’s something I’m looking forward to getting under way.”

Manager Jack Ross also confirmed talks regarding extending the skipper’s stay were taking place.

He said: “We’ve already started to speak to Stephen about prolonging his stay at the club.

“I think he’s been fantastic for me since he arrived last January and I think he’s happy here.

"I think we’ve reignited his passion for passion for football in that respect, because I don’t think he was particularly enjoying his football at Wycombe, and I think he wants to stay here."