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Stevie Hammell in action against St Mirren earlier in the season
Stevie Hammell in action against St Mirren earlier in the season
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Stevie Hammell hopes Motherwell manager Stuart McCall’s decision to extend his contract for another two years will persuade some of his out of contract teammates to do likewise.

With the likes of Nicky Law, Michael Higdon, Chris Humphrey, Shaun Hutchinson, Darren Randolph and Tom Hateley certain to have picked up plenty of admirers ‘Well could face a mass exodus this summer.

However, Hammell believes the lure of continuing to work with McCall might be enough to get some of them to stay.

He said: “The gaffer said for a long time it was never in doubt that he would sign a new contract, but the longer it goes on you more you worry.

“It’s excellent to have him here for another couple of years because he gets on with all the players and it is a pleasure working with him.

“It’s strange other SPL managers have been linked with jobs down south and he wasn’t. He’s done a fantastic job here given the budget.

“I’m sure the gaffer will move on to bigger and better things in the next few years, but the longer he is here the better for everyone.

“We’ll lose one or two in the summer, that’s inevitable, but the gaffer staying and us finishing in a higher league position than projected can hopefully go together to keeping some.

“If you are enjoying your football and playing under a manager who believes in you then it’s only going to help.

“A lot of the boys are from England so if they get the chance to go back down there you can’t blame them. Everyone is free to make their own decision.


“If we continue to put in performances like we’ve done of late there will be offers coming in that are too good to turn down.”

’Well maintained their three-point lead over Inverness in the race for second in the SPL with a comfortable 3-0 win at Dens Park last weekend and this Saturday host the only side they haven’t beaten this season.

League Cup winners St Mirren grabbed a point at Fir Park in August and won in Paisley in December, and despite their season being virtually over Hammell doesn’t expect them to be in holiday mode.

He said: “We’ve had some tough fixtures, but starting with the Celtic game we’ve gone on a really good run at an important time. We’ve got the top six sealed and are in an excellent position to finish second.

“St Mirren will still be on a high after the cup win and have some top players who might be playing for their futures or for moves so I expect them still to give 100 per cent just as if they were at the top end of the table.”