Will Dennis could stay at Kilmarnock as Derek McInnes reveals Bournemouth talks

Will Dennis has been outstanding for Kilmarnock
Will Dennis has been outstanding for Kilmarnock -Credit:SNS Group

Kilmarnock boss Derek McInnes has revealed he's held talks with Bournemouth over the future of loan keeper Will Dennis.

Dennis, 23, has enjoyed an outstanding season-long loan at Rugby Park, with high-flying Killie on the verge of securing a European finish. The shotstopper is due to return to the Cherries this summer but McInnes admits he'd love to keep him in Ayrshire for at least another year.

McInnes said: "I spoke with Bournemouth on Tuesday and they are over the moon with his loan. It could not have gone better for them. He's a boy who has gone from playing in non-league with his first loan to playing in the Premiership.

"His stats are great and he has played a huge part. For somebody so young he has done extremely well for us. He's one of a few loan players I would love to keep. It's been a great loan for him, us and Bournemouth. It's exactly how you want your loans to be."

However, McInnes admits the club are drawing up contingency plans in case the Cherries block a loan return. The Killie boss is also keen to keep duo Corrie Ndaba and Stuart Findlay.

He added: "We need to prepare the best way we can for us and you cannot wait for someone forever. There might be another good option that comes up where we think, 'We will take that rather than risk a maybe signing'.

"But Will has done well as have all our loan signings. Corrie Ndaba and Stuart Findlay have been magnificent. We've had good discussions with both lads on trying to stay here and we've spoken with both their clubs, Ipswich and Oxford."