Motherwell can challenge near top next season - Dom Thomas

Motherwell midfielder Dom Thomas
Motherwell midfielder Dom Thomas was in the U20s side that lifted the Youth Cup on Wednesday

Dom Thomas has warned Scotland's top clubs that Motherwell are aiming to be a threat next season.

Mark McGhee's men have recovered from an early season struggle to currently occupy fourth in the table.

And, the 20-year-old midfielder feels the feel good factor around the club could extend into next season.

"Who knows, maybe next year we get off to a better start and just maintain it, who knows what could happen," Thomas told BBC Scotland.

Manager McGhee returned to Fir Park for a second spell in the dugout in October last year with the club just four points off the bottom of the table.

However, they have now won seven of their last nine games, while in midweek Thomas was the man-of-the-match as the under 20s beat Hearts 5-2 to win the Scottish Youth Cup.

It was the first time they had won the trophy, and their first final since 1987.

Goals from Dylan Mackin, Chris Cadden and David Ferguson had Motherwell 3-2 up against a Hearts side containing first team stars Dario Zanatta and Jordan McGhee, who both scored for the Tynecastle men.

However, substitute Robbie Leitch restored the two-goal lead with a superb solo goal before Dylan Falconer raced through in added time to put the seal on the win.

"If you look at us since the gaffer has come in he's done a great job, and obviously we're fourth in the table now and looking to stay there," said Thomas.

"We're on a good run with the first team and the 20s have just won the cup so everybody around the club is buzzing.

"We'd have taken a 1-0 win I'm sure, but the boys expressed themselves and got five goals, and five good goals it was.

Motherwell with the Scottish Youth Cup
Motherwell defeated Hearts 5-2 to lift the Scottish Youth Cup at Hampden

"I just tried my best to give it my all, but I thought everybody was brilliant. I couldn't do as well if it wasn't for my team mates so all credit to them.

"It's great to win the cup - the boys are buzzing. It's been 30 years since Motherwell's last final, so it was great to get there, but to win it just tops it off."

Thomas has already made 31 appearances for the first team and was in inspired form at Hampden.

And he is hopeful he can now push himself further into McGhee's first team plans, especially with a place in the top six now secured.

"I go into every game and prepare the same, giving it 110% whether it's first team or under 20's, but I suppose it does help when you've got that [first team] experience.

"Hopefully, I've done enough to impress people, and we'll just need to wait and see how the next couple of weeks transpire."

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