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MANAGER: Everybody has to prove their worth

Steven Pressley on looking ahead to the end of the season

4 February 2019

With the transfer window done and dusted it comes as little surprise to see thoughts switch to next season, particularly those players currently on the books who are due to come out of contract once the business of the campaign has concluded.

Having ignored rumours throughout the latter part of the January window that popular midfielder Jamie Devitt was about to be the target for a number of clubs, manager Steven Pressley confirmed this week that his focus remains on the remaining 16 games, with every player challenged to show him that they are worthy of further contract talks.

“I’m a fan of Jamie’s, that’s the first thing I’d say,” he said. “The second thing I can honestly say is that there have been no discussions with the club on our current squad.

“The focus since I came in was initially on bringing in the personnel we needed to maintain the momentum, and I’m pleased that we’ve been able to do that.

“As far as next season goes, I am still early into the job and everybody, Jamie included, has to prove their worth to me.

“If that’s the case with Jamie, and he does that, then of course he’s the type of player I like. He’s an exciting player and he’s a real good character, so he fits the mould of the kind of people I want in my squad.

“If he continues playing the way he is then we’ll be desperate to keep him.”

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