Me and Keith Could Be Last Men Standing
Byline: Gordon Waddell
Stevie Hammell sent Jamie Murphy south last week with his blessing - but now fears more Motherwell mates will be on their way, leaving him and Keith Lasley in the lurch.
Hammell and Lasley (below) are the only two top-team stars at Fir Park whose contracts extend beyond the summer.
And although the full-back feels Murphy has earned a crack at English football, he fears the double-edged sword of 'fees now or free later' means others could follow.
He said: "We've got some players playing at the top of their game and unfortunately most of them are out of contract in the summer.
"It'll be tough for the gaffer and the board to keep these guys but hopefully we can put something together for them and keep a few.
"I've another year left and it looks like me and Keith Lasley will be playing with the Under-17s next year!
"But the club are in a tough position - do you let guys leave for nothing in the summer or try to get money in now? "The manager hopes Murph is the only one leaving. Who knows? Maybe we can get someone in before anyone else goes - we could be sitting watching the ticker tape on the last day of the window and wondering.
"Hopefully not - it would be good to see out the rest of the season with the boys and part terms on a high if they are on the way out at the end of the season."
Hammell doesn't grudge Murphy his move having followed a similar path with a transfer to Southend after cutting his teeth at Well. …