Published: 17/12/2009 00:00 - Updated: 29/11/2011 17:05

Lawson urges mates to stay

Ross County ace Paul Lawson is delighted to be staying at Victoria Park until at least 2011 after signing a new deal this week.
Ross County ace Paul Lawson is delighted to be staying at Victoria Park until at least 2011 after signing a new deal this week.

PAUL Lawson is urging his team-mates to follow his lead and pledge their futures to Ross County.

The former Celtic starlet agreed a new two-year deal at Victoria Park on Tuesday and he hopes he won't be the only one, with a number of players hoping to pen new deals in the next month.

Others free to leave the club at the end of this term include skipper Richard Brittain, Alex Keddie, Steven Craig and Scott Morrison.

Lawson, 25, who scored a screamer in the 3-3 Irn Bru Division One draw at Dunfermline on Saturday, told the North Star: "Agreeing the contract is a weight off my mind and it means I can concentrate on my football now. I would like to see some of the other boys stay here.

"It would be great to keep this team together. If we can do that and maybe if the manager adds one or two more, if that's what he's planning, then we can continue to do well."

He added: "I was saying to the manager that I feel this is the best spell of games for me since I joined (in 2005).

"When the side is playing well and everyone has confidence, that helps your own game."

The middle man, who came though the Celtic youth system, has been a key member of the Staggies team, having played in 16 of the 17 league games this season.

Now he's focused on helping County sink visitors Airdrie United when they come to Dingwall this weekend.

He said: "It's never easy against Airdrie, whether we have been near the top of the table or near the bottom.

Since I came to County, most games against them have been tough. Although Airdrie have not being doing so well on the road this season, they will be desperate to change that."

Boss Derek Adams, meanwhile, was delighted that Lawson has penned his new deal.

He said: "Paul has been terrific for us this season and in past seasons and he deserved to get this contract. Getting players signed up gives them security, but it also gives the football club security.

"Keeping players such as Paul does help if rival clubs are looking at our players. There is a group of players here who have played a number of games and a vital part in where we are right now."

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