Hateley’s happy to wait on deal

Tom Hateley (far, left) joins in the celebrations after Michael Higdon's hat-trick.
Tom Hateley (far, left) joins in the celebrations after Michael Higdon's hat-trick.

TOM Hateley says he would like to stay at Motherwell, but admits no one has discussed it with him.

The right-back has played more than 160 games since arriving from Reading in 2009 and is out of contract in May.

Still aged just 22, Hateley is in no rush to leave a club where he is clearly enjoying life.

He said: “I don’t have a clue what is happening, but I’ve always said so long as I’m playing games I’m happy. My contract is up at the end of the season, but I try to stay out of it and leave things up to my dad and my agent.

“Until something is put in front of me, I’ll continue to keep playing and hopefully stay in the side. Come the end of the season if the club want to speak to me then I’m sure they will.

“I am enjoying my football here, but there are quite a lot of guys out of contract so we’ll see what happens.”

Stars such as Darren Randolph, Nicky Law, Shaun Hutchinson, Chris Humphrey and Michael Higdon are also out of contract in May and Hateley said: “You’d have to ask all the boys what their own particular feelings are.

“Everyone will have different opinions of what they want to do, and where they want their careers to go, but things will become clearer in the next couple of months.”

’Well got back to winning ways on Sunday with a 3-2 victory over St Johnstone, courtesy of a Higdon hat-trick, and Hateley says getting three points was more important than playing well.

He said: “At 3-0 we maybe took our foot off the gas and before you knew it they were back in the game.

“We have played well before without winning, so I’ll take not playing that well and getting the three points.

“The win puts a bit of distance between us and Saints which could be important towards the end of the season in the race for top six and Europe.”

Hateley was in the headlines for the wrong reasons prior to the SPL break after missing a penalty against Celtic.

He said: “It’s been a long couple of weeks, particularly for me after the Celtic game. Things stick in your mind for a long time so I’m glad we were able to get a victory.

“We now have nine days between games and then another 10 days after that so it’s a bit bizarre. But we are professionals and are paid to deal with that sort of thing.”

While Hateley’s future remains up in the air ’Well have tied up left back Zaine Francis-Angol on a new two-and-a-half-year deal.

The 19-year-old Antigua and Barbuda international arrived from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2011 and Hateley said: “ He’s a good young player, very pacy and strong, and has every chance to make a great name for himself.

“He wants to play more, but with Stevie Hammell at left back he’ll have to be patient. I’m sure that when he does get the chance he’ll take it.”

‘Well have no game this weekend but are at home to Dundee United next Tuesday.