Hamilton have confirmed that first-team stars Mickel Miller, Ronan Hughes, Ross Cunningham and Shaun Want have all extended their contracts at the club for at least another year as they look to build on Brian Rice’s impressive start as manager.

Accies have already secured Steven Davies to a one-year extension to his deal and the latest news will be a big boost ahead of the new campaign.

16th February 2019, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hibernian versus Hamilton Academical; Stevie Mallan of Hibernian and Mickel Miller of Hamilton compete for possession of the ball

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Hamilton confirmed the new contracts on their official website with chairman Allan Maitland delighted to see three Academy graduates commit their future to the club

“I’m glad we’ve been able to secure the futures of three Accies Academy graduates,” Maitland told the Accies website.

3rd April 2018, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, Hibernian versus Hamilton; Shaun Want (Hamilton) slides in on Florian Kamberi of Hibernian

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“Our academy success is one of the most important factors at this club and it’s great for some of the younger players to see the pathway into first-team football is there.”

Miller finished the season as the club’s top goalscorer with eight goals while keeping homegrown trio Cunnigham, Hughes and Want is a shrewd move.

27th January 2018, SuperSeal Stadium, Hamilton, Scotland; Scottish Premiership football, Hamilton Academical versus Dundee; Dundees Matty Hanvey battles for the ball with with Hamilton Academical's Alex Gogic and Shaun Want

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After finishing tenth in the Scottish Premiership last season, Rice’s Hamilton side will be hoping the can continue to climb up the table and avoid being sucked into a relegation battle again.

Keeping key players like Miller at the club is a step in the right direction but Hamilton will still need to bring in some new faces before the season gets underway or risk facing a long campaign.

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