If ever a player and a club were made for each other, it is Keith Lasley and Motherwell.
Keith personifies what makes Motherwell Football Club special – from his enthusiasm, effort, determination and quality on the park to his community spirit, bond with the fans and his welcoming nature off it. Keith is also a leader – his influence on the pitch is obvious and it is also apparent around Fir Park on a day-to-day basis.
It’s no coincidence that a host of players, including Keith himself, have returned to Fir Park following spells elsewhere. The foundations of the squad and the consistent success Motherwell have had in recent years has been built on guys like Keith, Scott Leitch, Steven Hammell and Stephen Craigan, who have all been away and come back and spent major parts of their careers here. That continuity and consistency is vital for a football club. Their presence in turn has no doubt influenced the decision of the likes of James McFadden, David Clarkson, Scott McDonald and Stephen Pearson to return to the club where they made their names.
New players who arrive at Motherwell are quickly integrated into the squad and Keith is a massive part of maintaining the togetherness, not just among the squad but between the players and other staff.
He has also been an enthusiastic backer of the Well Society – Keith and his family joined from the start and he has helped us in other ways. Keith recognises the importance of maintaining Motherwell’s strong community links, which he is a significant part of, from coaching kids to playing a role in other projects.
The mutual appreciation between Keith and the fans is apparent, watching him and his team-mates celebrate the last-day win at Aberdeen in front of the supporters ranks high among my recent memories as a Motherwell fan.
As a fan, I’d like to thank Keith for everything he has done for the club and I’m sure many more will do so today.
Motherwell/Well Society chairman