MARK McGHEE is “hopeful” midfielder Lee Lucas will agree to remain at Motherwell when his contract expires this month.
The 24-year-old Welshman arrived from Swansea City in the summer and has been impressive for the Fir Parkers.
He blotted his copybook somewhat by being red-carded for a two-footed lunge on Hamilton Accies’ Massimo Donati after half an hour of Saturday’s 1-1 Lanarkshire derby draw.
Boss McGhee, though, is keen to keep the player and said: “We have spoken to Lee’s agent and we are just waiting to hear back. I’m hopeful the deal will go through.
“We want Lee to stay regardless of what happened last Saturday. He was a bit too robust and deserved to be sent off, but it wasn’t malicious.
“Lee is more of a pure footballer than any of the rest. He is not quite the aggressive player that Clay, Lasley and McHugh are.”
Lucas, previously capped by Wales at Under-17 and 19 levels, was at Swansea City between 2010 and 2016, but made only one first team appearance.
He left the Welsh club briefly for loan spells at Burton Albion and Cheltenham Town in 2012 and 2014 respectively before departing permanently to sign a short term deal at Motherwell last summer.