Craigan signs one-year deal

Brown delighted as skipper follows Lasley's lead

Craigan: 'Hugely influential'

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Motherwell captain Stephen Craigan has signed a one-year contract extension at Fir Park.

The Northern Ireland defender has followed the lead of midfielder Keith Lasley, who agreed two-year terms earlier on Thursday.

Both players' days at the club looked numbered under former boss Jim Gannon, but they have enjoyed a new lease of life since Craig Brown took charge at the end of 2009.

Brown told the Motherwell's official website: "I am delighted that Stephen has signed an extension to his contract.

"Crags, along with other experienced guys like Lasley and (Steven) Hammell, is hugely influential and the fact that he is remaining with us for at least another year is a massive bonus.

"I don't expect this will be the last contract he will sign with Motherwell either as he has proven that he is still very capable of playing at the very top level for a long time yet."