Motherwell have today confirmed legendary defender Stevie Hammell has signed a two-year contract extension.
The 34-year old, Motherwell’s post war record appearance holder for league matches, has played over 530 times in Claret and Amber over 15 seasons. He also enjoyed a testimonial season back in 2012, culminating with a friendly against Everton at Fir Park.
The left back, a mainstay in Mark McGhee’s side who adds vital experience both on and off the park, will also combine his role with taking the Elite Academy Under 15s side, who he coached with James McFadden and Brian Kerr last year.
Speaking of Hammell, Motherwell’s joint record European appearance holder, boss Mark McGhee said: “We’re delighted Hammy is staying as he’s got so much to offer both on and off the park.
[pullquote]We’re delighted Hammy is staying as he’s got so much to offer both on and off the park.[/pullquote]
“He, along with the likes of Keith Lasley, are club legends but my desire to retain both isn’t anything about that, it’s about what they give us here and now. You need only look at our games last season when one or both weren’t available and there was a marked difference.
“We’ve now got a very solid, experienced group of defenders and goalkeepers; our focus now is to bolster our midfield and attacking areas of the pitch.”
Hammell added: “I’m extremely pleased to have got the deal finalised and to be staying at Motherwell.
“I’ve never made any secret of my feelings for this club so there is no one happier that my future is sorted out, and I can get on with my football.
“I am still hugely ambitious not only personally, but what we can do as a team. There’s a good vibe about training the last few days, there’s a freshness with some new faces and we’re looking forward to the season ahead.
“For me I want to try and help the team as much as I can and play as much football as possible. I can’t wait for the season to start.”