Allan Campbell was subject to a January transfer bid – but the Motherwell midfielder insists his full focus is on the Steelmen ahead of a decision on his future.
The battler has been a shining light for Motherwell over a few seasons now, edging towards 150 appearances in claret and amber. But last month, an exit could have beckoned for him, Millwall one of a few teams linked with his services.
Manager Graham Alexander confirmed the club rejected an offer for Campbell, and with less than six months left on his current deal, the midfielder is focusing short-term: “I am not really bothering about that just now. My focus is just playing football.
“I just love playing football and I am enjoying my football and I am just looking forward to the weekend and hopefully keep putting performances in and keep getting wins. There is no point in thinking about what’s going to happen, you have to just focus on the here and now.
“I have always been like that, always just focused on the next game and make sure I give my all for the team and get results for this club.”
Many players, coaches and staff at Fir Park have spoken of Campbell’s work ethic. He’s the first one to arrive in the morning and the last one out at night. The Well man has explained his drive to better himself: “I have carried on doing what I do, coming in, working hard and trying to improve myself, getting results for Motherwell.
“I have always kept my head down, kept grafting away and I try to do my bit. Any success comes from that and I will keep doing that. I just want to be the best player I can be and if that is coming in a wee bit earlier and staying a bit later I will do that.
“I can definitely feel the improvement over the years. I have been able to establish myself in the team and that has been the main thing. Every other success that comes through grafting and working hard, so that’s my motto, and I’ll keep trying to improve myself.
“When I was younger I was just trying to get an appearance and I have over 100 games now. Every season you look at your performances and see what small percentage you can add to become better and I will just try to keep doing that.”
Now Campbell is looking forward to his 16th Lanarkshire derby against Hamilton and Campbell thinks recent displays, winning three of their last four, has given Alexander’s men confidence ahead of the huge Fir Park battle.
He said: “The games are fiery, aggressive a lot of tackles and there has been ups and down, won a few, lost a few but we hope to win this one at the weekend. They are a tough team to play against, they get in your faces and make it hard but we just need to stand up to that and match them in that way and then show our qualities.
“The performances have been better recently and the boys have bought into what the new manager is trying to do. There’s a good buzz right now and we are looking up. We wanted to give the fans something to cheer about again.”
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