Devante Cole: A deal at Motherwell is up to the club to decide

Motherwell striker Devante Cole remained tight-lipped about the prospects of a new deal at the club, as he looked ahead to today’s Scottish Cup quarter-final at Hibs.

The former Man City kid is on his second spell at Fir Park, having previously been on loan from Wigan Athletic, and agreed a deal until the end of this season.

Whether or not that becomes permanent, Cole says, is up to Motherwell but he admitted he is enjoying his football under boss Graham Alexander, and has found the net nine times so far.

He said: “I think we just have to wait for the club, it’s up to them, it’s nothing to do with me, I don’t make the decision, so that’s down to the club.

“In terms of being at Motherwell this is the best form I’ve been on.

“Obviously it has been a good last few months for myself. I think there’s still more to come but this season is coming to an end now, so I think it’s just a case of continuing this kind of form onto next year.

“This is my second time back here, it was only three or four months the last time so it has been a bit longer this time.

“I think I’m probably showing on the pitch that I’m a bit more settled. Results have been good, and I’ve played better football.”

Cole has done better this season since new boss Graham Alexander has come in, but says the team have as well.

He said: “As a team we weren’t doing well enough, so I think as a team we all picked up.

Cole has been in good form for Motherwell this season and grabbed the winner against St Mirren earlier this month
Cole has been in good form for Motherwell this season and grabbed the winner against St Mirren earlier this month
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“The manager coming in, he’s had an effect, but as a team we’ve come together a bit more, and that has helped me personally to score more goals.”

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Cole says Hibs will be favourites at Easter Road this evening, but Motherwell will play their best football and try to get through to the semi-finals.

The Englishman, who scored in the 2-0 win at Hibs back in February, said: “We’ve been able to rise to the occasion against some of the bigger teams.

“We have to feel confident going into this game, we’re on the back of four straight wins, so hopefully we can just continue that onto this game and get a good result.

“Jordan Roberts and Tony Watt are out and that puts more responsibility onto myself and Christopher Long up front, but injuries are just part of the game.

“We would prefer to have them back and playing in the squad, but it’s just up to me and Longy to do the best that we can at the moment.

“I think a cup run would give something back to the fans after a bit of a disappointing season.

Cole admits he has enjoyed playing under boss Graham Alexander, but says the whole team have benefited too
Cole admits he has enjoyed playing under boss Graham Alexander, but says the whole team have benefited too
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“I think a good cup run and beating Hibs on Saturday would be ideal for the fans.

“We’re going there as underdogs and I think that plays into our hands a bit; I think it always does.

“I think in general, I think most teams in the league are probably seen as favourites when they come up against us, so we’ve got to go there, play well, hopefully play good football, move the ball around, and then see what happens.

“They’ve got good players, I think it’s just a case of us going there, hopefully we can play good football, and then I think if we do that we have a good chance, and if not it’s a hard game.”

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