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Imrie signs on for another 2 years at Hamilton Accies

DOUGIE Imrie signed a two-year extension at Hamilton on Tuesday and immediately set his sights on cracking the SPL top six.

The wing-ace is contracted at Accies until May 2013 and he says it provides him with a bit of security as he prepares for season 2010-11.

Imrie said: “I’m delighted. I came in, had an 18-month contract, and I’ve done so well that the manager has called me in and asked me to sign for another two years. “To be honest it didn’t take much time to think about it, and I’m delighted to get it done and dusted.”

Dougie says it’s obvious that boss Billy Reid is building for the future, and is pleased to be part of that.

He said: “Since I’ve come in I’ve been really pleased with the way my performances have been going, and how the manager has been.
“Billy has just gone and turned down Swansea, so that shows how much it means to him to want to work here at Hamilton and push on with the squad that he’s got.

“He’s trying to build something and I’m just delighted to be part of it.
“I’ve got another three years here and I just want to do well for Accies and see if we can get into the top six.
“If we can improve on last season, or even finish seventh again, it will be good for the club.

“But after the way we finished last season there’s no reason why we can’t get into the top six.
“We’re all looking to go the one way, we’re all looking at the top six and we’ll see what happens from there.
“We’ve lost James Wesolowski and Mickael Antoine-Curier, but the manager has brought in some players – guys like Andy Gray, Jim McAlister and Jack Ross, who are very experienced. There’s obviously a lot of speculation about James McArthur as well, but if we can keep hold of these players that will be good for the club.”

Boss Reid has made it obvious that he’s looking for an out-and-out striker, but Imrie insists he’d happily play up front – or anywhere – if needed.

He said: “I don’t really mind – wherever the manager wants me to play I’ll play, and I’ve said that all through my career.
“If I can keep making goals and the team keep winning I wouldn’t care if I only scored one more.
“But if I can try to add more goals to my game then I’ll be happy.”

Dougie has come a long way since his star performances for Junior side Lanark United prompted Clyde to swoop for him in 2006.

He then moved to then-SPL side Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2008 before Accies moved for him in February.

Dougie is grateful for the opportunities he’s had, and just wants to see how far he can go in the game.

He said: “When I left Lanark and went to Clyde it was difficult at the start, getting into full-time football training every day but I’ve got on my feet and I think I’ve done well since coming up into the Senior ranks. Now I want to push on and see where the rest of it takes me.

“It’s one extreme to the other though – with Juniors you’re only training once or twice a week and playing on a Saturday, and you have to try and get out from work, which is difficult.

“I had a job as a landscape gardener with JM Murray in Lesmahagow and they were great with me – they always let me away and tried to do everything they could for me.

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