New Deal for Lasley

  • Last Updated: May 26 2012, 12:39 BST

Motherwell midfielder Keith Lasley has signed a new two-year contract.

Lasley: New deal penned

The 32-year-old, who captained the team in the latter stages of the season, follows fellow long-serving player Stevie Hammell in staying at Fir Park with both players awarded a testimonial match.

Lasley has played 298 games for the club in two spells separated by a stint at Plymouth and has played his best football under current manager Stuart McCall, helping the club into the Champions League qualifiers this year.

Lasley told the club's official website: "I am delighted - I never wanted to leave Motherwell.

"It was similar to any contract, there were negotiations back and forth but I am just so pleased it has been sorted out. I am already looking forward to next season.

"There was other interest and a few other interested clubs and obviously you have got to think about your family.

"But I've been here a long time now and, with how good a season we had and how much I enjoyed it as well as the relationship I have with the fans and the club, that was certainly a swaying factor in me staying."

Chief executive Leeann Dempster added: "We are thrilled Keith has joined Stevie Hammell in staying on at the club.

"Keeping our experienced players, who are amongst our most consistent performers, was obviously high on our priority list. We are still negotiating with others but we hope both players staying will send out a message of intent."

Defender Tim Clancy this week rejected a new contract offer amid interest from Hibernian and an npower League One club, while Lasley's central midfield partner, Steve Jennings, is considering the offer of a two-year deal.