Football - Hateley focused on securing second spot

Motherwell full-back Tom Hateley feels another season in Europe could be a big factor in keeping the team together.

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Tom Hateley is among 10 players whose contracts are up at the season's end

Hateley is among 10 first-team players whose contracts are up at the end of the campaign. Another one, Nicky Law, has attracted interest from Rangers and the likes of goalkeeper Darren Randolph and 20-goal striker Michael Higdon are sure to be on other clubs' wanted lists.

But Hateley is determined to hold on to second spot in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and believes Motherwell's fifth European qualification in six seasons could be vital.

The 23-year-old said: "There's a lot of us out of contract but we will just look to take care of business at the moment. Second is definitely a realistic position for us to finish.

"If we get second and get some European football it could be a big difference between whether people stay or go. It's inevitable the boys will get attention if you finish second. It would be a shame to throw away the position we are in now after the hard work and determination we have shown throughout the season."

Manager Stuart McCall knew nothing of the Rangers interest other than what he had read in the media, but Ibrox manager Ally McCoist on Friday admitted he was aware of Law's contract situation.

McCall said: "I have not heard anything about it but it doesn't surprise me in the least that any club would be interested in Nicky Law and a lot of our players. His contract is up at the end of the season, I have spoken to his agent, and we will see where we go.

"I'm sure there will be lots of clubs south of the border who will be interested in taking him because he's an excellent player, and if he is played in the right role I think he can go on and have an excellent career."

Motherwell are looking to extend their 12-game unbeaten run against Aberdeen in the SPL, although Craig Brown's team have knocked them out of the last two William Hill Scottish Cup campaigns.

And McCall still feels the Dons could be contenders for a European spot despite sitting in ninth place. He said: "I'm sure if they had a full squad throughout the season they would be higher up but nobody is saying they can't put three or four victories together and be right up there at the end of the season. I still think they have the players and experience to do it."

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