Continuity key for Motherwell's season, says Craig Reid

By Andrew ThomsonBBC Scotland
Motherwell defender Craig Reid
Reid took part in a special training camp for players both in and out of contract in East Kilbride

Craig Reid believes Motherwell will benefit from a more settled squad this season as they attempt to continue their run of high league finishes.

The 28-year-old helped Well to second in the Premiership by scoring a late winner against nearest rivals Aberdeen on the final match of the campaign.

"Hopefully we can do well again," Reid told BBC Scotland.

"We've been performing brilliantly over the last two seasons so obviously the aim is to maintain that."

Speaking at a special training camp in East Kilbride for players both in and out of contract, Reid emphasised the importance of keeping the bulk of Motherwell's squad intact, with winger Lionel Ainsworth and captain Keith Lasley having extended their respective spells in Lanarkshire.

"[We want to] challenge again in the league and hopefully we can do a little bit better in the Europa League and get a good cup run as well," he said.

"We've only lost one or two [players]. The majority of the squad stayed together this year. Maybe in previous seasons we've lost a good bit of the squad so you know hopefully that will stand us in good stead as well.

"We'll get back to business next week [with pre-season training].

Motherwell, who were knocked out of last season's Europa League qualifiers, will play their first qualifier in this year's competition on 17 July, with the Scottish domestic league season beginning in early August.

Reid recently extended his own contract to remain a part of Stuart McCall's squad, with the former Celtic youth player now tied to Fir Park until 2016.

"Obviously to finish second was great but to sign a new deal was superb and I am looking forward to the new season getting started," he added.

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