St Johnstone's Jason Kerr has much to look forward to.

And the Perth skipper has revealed he is open to talks about extending his contract further at McDiarmid Park.

A top performer in the club’s season of success, the 24-year-old centre-half is already tied down until the summer of 2022. He lifted the League Cup earlier this year and helped Saints to a fifth place finish.

Kerr's immediate attention turns to the Scottish Cup final this weekend but he is excited for what the future holds.

“It’s good that a lot of players are committing themselves to the club,” Kerr said.

“There’s so much excitement about what we’re doing just now and what we can go on to do in the future.

“I’ve got another year left on my contract but I’m definitely open to talks.

“My future is with St Johnstone and I really want to play European football with the club.

“Every player wants to play European football – it’s huge for players at the club and players we’re looking to sign.

“If that’s not an incentive for a player, I don’t know what is.”

Kerr admits the coronavirus situation at the Perth club has made for a difficult couple of weeks.

But Saints pulled together to clinch fifth place in the Premiership at the weekend. The mood in the camp is one of excitement ahead of Saturday’s Scottish Cup showdown with Hibs.

Kerr said: “We haven’t had as many training sessions as we would have wanted since the semi-final but we’ve got through it so far.

“There’s no good time to catch the virus obviously but from our point of view the timing was really bad.

“It’s been a bit anxious but we knew that we had the sort of depth in our squad that would mean we could keep getting results, which we’ve proven again. Now we’ll get players back for Saturday.”

Kerr, himself, had the virus earlier in the year and added: “I felt fine in my first game back.

“Obviously you can’t do as much fitness work as you would want when you’re in the house but we’re professional footballers.

“Ten days isn’t too bad. As long as you get a couple of training sessions before a game you’re good to go.

“I think it will be our 50th game on Saturday so we’ve played a lot of football. It’s not as if we need to build our fitness up.”

Fitness levels were certainly impressive in the weekend’s 0-0 stalemate with Livingston at McDiarmid Park.

It was far from a classic but Saints secured the vital point they needed.

“It definitely wasn’t the prettiest of games but we knew what we had to do – get a point to qualify for Europe,” he said. “That’s what we’ve done.

“It was never going to be a great match. All that mattered was the result and I’m just buzzing that we got it.

“It’s a magnificent achievement for this team, especially when you consider we were bottom of the league after about 10 games.

“To end up in fifth and be in Europe shows how good we are as a group of players.

“Now that we’ve got this job done it does take a bit of pressure off us next Saturday. All our focus is on the final now.

“We’ve already put one trophy in the cabinet. We know how to do it and we’re hungry for another one.”

Kerr would have loved to be playing in front of fans at the national stadium this Saturday. But coronavirus restrictions in Glasgow mean that is no longer possible.

He said: “We would have loved that to happen but the decision has been made and you’ve got to respect it.

“I’m gutted but I’m sure they won’t mind if it’s the same as the Betfred Cup and they get to watch us winning on the TV.

“We’ve done well against Hibs but we know they’ve got a good squad. We’ll focus on ourselves and if we play to our potential we can beat anyone.”