Shiels eyes extended Killie stay

Sat, 05 May 18:47:42 2012

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels says he would love to extend his stay at Rugby Park but is concentrating first of all on ensuring that the club's playing squad is in place.

His side drew 1-1 with Aberdeen in their final home game of the season, with Dean Shiels' second-half goal cancelling out Jamie Masson's opener for the visitors.

Killie extended their lead in seventh place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League and are two points clear of St Mirren with just one game remaining.

Shiels said: "I haven't had a chance to sit down with the chairman, but I really want to be here, of course I want to be here next season.

"At a football club you have to prioritise - key players have to be signed and it's my job as a manager to do that; I'm preparing for the future and making sure there's stability at the club.

"We have a foundation for next season and we've thrown in eight or nine teenagers this season for some game time, to give them a little bit of experience. It's quite risky doing that, but we'll continue to do that to develop the long-term plan of the club, and that's to grow our own from within."


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