Hammell delighted to stay

Well stalwart hopes club can keep the bulk of the squad intact

Steven Hammell: Motherwell full-back is delighted to have signed a new two-year contract

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Motherwell defender Steven Hammell says there was 'never any danger' he would move to another club after signing a new two-year contract.

Hammell has made in excess of 400 appearances during two spells at Fir Park and helped Motherwell to a third-placed finish in the SPL this season.

He is looking forward to trying to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group phase next term and the 30-year-old had no intention of seeking a move elsewhere.

"I am absolutely delighted to have signed," Hammell told MFCTV. "It dragged on a little longer than I would have wanted but I can now look forward to next season.

Best achievement

"The Champions League is probably the best achievement I have managed in my time at Fir Park and we are all looking forward to it.

"Hopefully we can get the rest of the boys signed up, keep this squad together, and go on to have another excellent campaign.

"I can't really see myself playing anywhere else. There were other things out there but all the Champions League stuff and how well we have done recently doesn't really come into my thinking.

"I believe this is where I should be playing. There was never any danger of me going anywhere else.

"I still feel I have got a good number of years left in me and hopefully enjoyable ones as well."

Motherwell also offered two-year contracts to defender Tim Clancy and midfielders Keith Lasley and Steve Jennings, while second-choice goalkeeper Lee Hollis is considering the offer of a one-year contract.