Danny Armstrong loves Kilmarnock as winger opens up on contract talks

Kilmarnock hero Danny Armstrong admits he loves the club
Kilmarnock hero Danny Armstrong admits he loves the club -Credit:SNS Group

Danny Armstrong insists he loves Kilmarnock. But the winger says he won't rush into signing a new deal.

Armstrong, 26, is entering the final year of his contract at Rugby Park and tentative discussions have been held over a fresh extension. Boss Derek McInnes is desperate to keep the winger in Ayrshire after another outstanding season. Armstrong has terrorised Scottish Premiership defences by racking up nine goals and 14 assists and his impressive form has even seen him touted for a Scotland call-up.

The fans' favourite may well attract interest from elsewhere this summer but Armstrong has refused to rule out extending his stay beyond 2025. He said: "It’s important to look after yourself, it’s a great place to be, full of unbelievable people. There’s no rush, I’m still under contract here and I just want to get through these last two games.

"I love this club. We’ve always been in light discussions about whether Kilmarnock wants to tie me down here even longer. I feel people will expect that. It’s a great feeling knowing that your club wants to extend your contract. If there can be some sort of agreement that can be done then it’s something I will look at.

"Especially when you’re about to start a family you need to consider what’s best for every aspect. I’ve got good people behind me who can look after me and give me the best advice. All I can say is I love this place, I love being here and I’ve still got another year on my contract. If anything comes up, it’s something I might need to look at, but if not then I’m more than happy at Kilmarnock. It truly is a great place."

McInnes insists Kilmarnock are under no pressure to sell one of their biggest assets and hopes an agreement can be struck to tie down Armstrong on a long-term deal.

He added: "I’m not saying I’m optimistic, I’m hopeful. We’ve had some positive talks. I always feel if the player wants to stay, then the manager and club are trying hard to make it happen. Hopefully, there’s enough goodwill there that he wants to hang about a bit longer.

"I understand that, with a year to go, and the numbers and attention he’s had, there will be other people looking at him. But he is our player – we don’t need to do anything this summer. It’s a big year ahead for us, so hopefully we can reach an agreement but we’re not there yet, clearly."