David McMillan weighing up options after St Johnstone released striker
The ex-Dundalk star would consider a League of Ireland return but knows the Covid-19 pandemic means 'everything's up in the air'by Michael Scully
David McMillan has one eye on a return home to the SSE Airtricity League - and the other on the potential for further adventures abroad.
McMillan, 31, was released by St Johnstone yesterday. The ex-Dundalk marksman saw it coming.
After a move home to Dundalk or Shamrock Rovers failed to happen last summer, the Dubliner was loaned out to Falkirk for the season. But it prematurely ended in Scotland last week.
"I was looking at coming home, maybe joining a club in the summer, but everything's up in the air at the moment," McMillan told MirrorSport.
"I've stayed in Edinburgh in case the League of Ireland said the season was done until next year.
"There's plenty left in the tank. At 31, I've a couple of good years left and I want to get back playing as much as possible.
"I've played very few 90 minutes in the last two and a half years."
Despite that, McMillan is happy with the decision he made as a 28-year-old to move to Scotland, leaving Dundalk for St Johnstone in December 2017.
Twenty one minutes into his debut, he suffered a hamstring injury and missed three months. Other injuries also disrupted his progress.
"It's probably easy to blame injuries," he said.
"I came back from the first injury and scored a few goals, but by the following January the manager was trying to move me on and after that I was chopping and changing clubs on loan.
"That was frustrating and obviously not how I wished it would go, but it's part and parcel of football.
"But I'm definitely glad I went to Scotland, we achieved a lot at Dundalk but I knew it was an opportunity that wasn't going to come up again. It was a fresh challenge."
McMillan acknowledges it isn't the best time to be an out of contract footballer, but St Johnstone are paying him in full until the end of June.
"Hopefully football will be back at some stage," he added. "Clubs that can still pay wages won't be able to do so indefinitely."
Meanwhile, Dundalk chairman Bill Hulsizer insisted owners PEAK6 did not have a "bottomless pit" to fund the reigning champions.
"Nobody knows what's going to happen," Hulsizer told The Argus.
"At this point we're going along with paying everyone but will it come to a point where we ask our players to donate back 25% of their money? Maybe.
"If PEAK6 decided tomorrow that we'll sell the club, the club will not disappear. Now, are we looking at selling it? No.
"What I do know is, we're the best team in Ireland right now and if and when we aren't the best team in Ireland, we have two choices - fire the coach and get new players, or sell the team.
"I'd probably say that we'll get new players and try to figure out how to be the best team again because that's our nature.
"At this point, it's not a decision I have to make so I'm not going to make it. I want them to be happy and to take as much stress out of their lives as I can.
"I look at Dundalk FC as my extended family. They'll pay me back along the way, I've no doubt.
"I hope that we're back to playing football and making money soon. If that doesn't happen then each day we're going to have to address the problem and see what the solution is".