Hutchinson set to stay as ’Well plan for Europe

Fans celebrate Euro qualifying
Fans celebrate Euro qualifying
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SHAUN Hutchinson aims to see out the last year of his contract at Motherwell and backed manager Stuart McCall to build another strong team for next season.

The 22-year-old shrugged off an early booking to put in a towering performance in the win over Celtic on Sunday which confirmed ’Well’s participation in next season’s Europa League.

He said: “The whole team was tremendous, Celtic have come here three times this season and for us to have played like we did in order to get two wins is brilliant.

“The whole season has been excellent and we have now confirmed European football for next term, which has left everyone absolutely chuffed.”

‘Well sit nine points and 12 goals better off than Inverness with just nine to play for and can confirm second place when the two meet in the Highlands on Saturday.

Hutchinson said: “We want to pick up as many points as we can, so even if we do have second wrapped up do all we can to pick up three points in the remaining games.”

Hutchinson made his 100th appearance for the club in the recent win over Dundee United.

He said: “For a central defender to have played so many games by the age of 22 is great, but Motherwell have been brilliant with me. I just keep my head down and work hard. My performances are improving and I’m becoming a better defender.

“I’m just looking to finish this season strongly and unless someone knows something I don’t then I still have a year on my contract and will look to start next season here the same way.”

‘Well look likely to lose the likes of Nicky Law, Darren Randolph, Chris Humphrey and James McFadden is the summer, while injury-hit Steven Saunders has been told his contract won’t be renewed.

Hutchinson said: “It will be sad when some of the boys leave as the end of the season as we are a close knit squad, but we have had that issue for a few seasons now and always seem to solve the problem.

“It’s hard on the manager when he builds a strong squad to lose them all, but I’m sure he’ll do all he can to get the best team possible for next year.”

Motherwell are holding an open day at Fir Park on Sunday from noon to 5pm, giving fans a chance to meet the first-team squad at a signing session and tour the stadium.

The new home kit will be on sale while the ‘Well Society will accept membership renewals and new applications.

There will be plenty for young fans including a bouncy castle, fairground and a chance to show off their skills on the pitch.

A bus for Inverness will leave Mossend’s Joker Bar at 9am on Saturday. Cost is £20 and contact is Sam Wightman, 749834.