Shiels waiting on deal news

Killie boss hoping key men, including his son, will pen fresh terms

Kenny Shiels: Looking to tie down those considered to be integral to the Kilmarnock cause

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Kenny Shiels says Kilmarnock are working on new contracts for a number of key men, but admits he does not know if his son Dean will be staying.

With their League Cup triumph still sinking in, Killie have turned their attention to the negotiation of fresh terms with those approaching the end of their current deals.

Dean Shiels falls into that category and has been an influential figure for the club this season as they secured long-awaited silverware.

His father is in the dark, though, when it comes to a new deal for the 27-year-old, with the matter complicated by agents.

Kenny Shiels is, however, hoping that he will be given positive news when it comes to talks with all of those Kilmarnock are looking to retain.

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"We are working on deals for James Fowler, Garry Hay and Manuel Pascal and will continue to do that," he told the Daily Record.

"As for Dean, I'm not sure about that one. If Dean has said that he is willing to stay then that's good to hear.

"He has not said anything to me yet. It's the end of March and he's probably weighing up what he has and I'm weighing up what I can bring in.

"Dean has an agent and, yes, I have to go through him but it's football and you have to keep it totally professional."