Malpas has Hammell hope

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Motherwell boss Maurice Malpas remains hopeful that full back Steven Hammell will sign a new deal at Fir Park.

Hammell is now out of contract and has attracted interest from a number of clubs including Aberdeen.

Malpas is waiting to hear if Hammell will ink the new deal which is on the table, but feels the signs are positive.

"Stevie is out of contract, we have offered him the best deal we can and I'm now waiting for him to get back to me," Malpas told the Daily Record.

"Let's put it this way, I'm hopeful. He spoke to me again a few days ago and I don't think he would have done that if he had something else set up.

"It's out of my hands and I'm not going to go in with tackety boots on. I need to be patient with Stevie or any other player in his position.

"We want to keep him as I believe we can make him an even better player. He's still young so if he does want to leave later he can do that."