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McManus: Negotiations are a long way off

By May 10, 2016No Comments

By Craig Turnbull

Motherwell defender Stephen McManus admits there is still a long way to go on negotiations over a new deal but he is hopeful they can get something sorted.

McManus is among a number of players including the likes of Craig Samson, Stevie Hammell, Keith Lasley and Scott McDonald who are out of contract at the end of the season.

Well boss McGhee has warned that those players will have to take a pay cut with the playing budget for next season being reduced but McManus hopes they can come to some sort of deal.

“The manager spoke to myself, Stevie Hammell and Keith Lasley,” he told PLZ Soccer.

“On my behalf we’ve got a long way to go on the negotiations but hopefully with myself and the club we can get our heads together and get something sorted.”

With just two games left in the season Motherwell could still sneak fourth ahead of St Johnstone which would provide a further £90,000 and give them more to spend on the playing budget.

McManus says as long as the club are reasonable then he’d loved to extend his stay at Fir Park.

“It’s difficult just now with the games still to be played but I’m sure if the club are fair and I am fair, then we can get our heads our together because if not then it’ll need to be elsewhere,” he said.

“I don’t feel as if I’m quite ready to retire.

“I want to stay as I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Motherwell. It’s a tremendous club and the people there have been terrific.”