Motherwell is today delighted to confirm skipper Keith Lasley has signed a new one-year contract at the club.
The 36-year old has led Motherwell during some of their greatest moments over the last few years, and continues to play a starring role in the middle of the park.
He has a League and Scottish Cup Final appearance, is the clubs’ record European appearance holder (joint with Stevie Hammell which includes captaining the side for its only Champions League Qualifying tie against Panathinaikos), has two SPFL Premiership runners-up medals and completed his Testimonial season with a game against Bolton last year.
Lasley, who has over 450 appearances across fifteen seasons in Claret and Amber, is also a huge influence off the park and in the dressing room, and will continue to combine his playing role with being Assistant to Stephen Craigan with the Under 20s and managing the Elite Academy’s Under 17s alongside Stephen McManus.
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‘Well boss Mark McGhee said “Keith is one of our most effective players so from a footballing sense, I am delighted to have him for at least one more year.
“However, he is more than just that for us – he’s a captain in every sense of the word. He, along with some of our other excellent senior pros, help set the culture at the club and take a real involvement in other areas such as the Under 20s and the Academy.
“When you’re building a squad, which we’re doing, you need guys who know what the club, the support and its expectations are all about, and that’s Las.
“We have plenty of more work to do, but retaining Keith in our structure is something I am very pleased about. He will play a key part for us in 2016/17.”
Keith added: “It has taken a bit of time, but I am really pleased we’ve managed to get a deal done and I am raring to go for the new season.
“I’ve never made any secret of my feelings for this club; everything we’ve been through and enjoyed together over fifteen or so years. It has been brilliant, and I am sure there can be more good times to come.”
“Pre-season is just days away, so I am sure everyone will be champing at the bit come the big kick-off next month.”