Hammell hopes for new deal

Motherwell full-back closing on 400 appearances for club

Hammell: Hopes for new deal

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Steven Hammell is aiming to retain his place in the Motherwell team to ensure he secures a new contract at Fir Park.

The full-back is closing in on 400 appearances for the club and wants to mark the milestone by signing a new deal with the SPL outfit.

He returned to Motherwell for his second stint in January 2008 following 18 months at Southend United and is keen to stay with Jim Gannon's side.

"It's a lot of games, but hopefully I'll play most of the matches this season and make the 400," said Hammell in the Daily Record. "I don't imagine many players will have done that.

"I'm in the last year of my contract, so need to stay in the team and stay fit."

The 27-year-old also harbours ambitions of breaking back into the Scotland squad five years after winning his solitary cap against Sweden.

Hammell played in the B international against Northern Ireland earlier this year and hopes he can earn a call-up to George Burley's senior squad.

He added: "I'll keep my head down, try to play my best for Motherwell, and hopefully the Scotland call will come along."