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Sammy Clingan is on a mission to earn new Killie deal

By Ronnie Esplin

Sammy Clingan has urged his Kilmarnock team-mates to rediscover their early season form and spare him another six months of uncertainty.

The Northern Ireland international is one of eight Killie players out of contract next summer and the midfielder does not expect to see a new offer tabled until the club's Scottish Premiership destiny is settled.

It is a familiar scenario for the 30-year-old after he was made to play the same waiting game last year. Then, the Ayrshire men were made to fight all the way until a final day win over Hibernian in Edinburgh saw them stave off a relegation play-off scrap.

This term, however, Killie have made decent progress after a promising start to the season saw them win six of their opening 10 league fixtures.

But five straight defeats in all competitions dented confidence before last week's 1-1 draw at Partick halted the rot.

However, with St Johnstone to come today, Clingan is eager to get back to winning ways and take another step towards a new deal.

He said: "I haven't spoken to anybody about a new contract yet. I really enjoy playing at this club, so I just want to keep my head down help the team push forward.

"Until we know which division we are in next year, no one will really know to much about their future. Last year it went down to the last day of the season before we clinched safety."

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