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13 May 2016
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David Amoo eager to keep improving after signing new Partick contract

David Amoo admits he has no option but to improve next season despite signing a new Partick Thistle contract.

The former Carlisle winger signed a one-year deal this week after establishing himself as a key player during his first season at Firhill.

Amoo has scored five goals and weighed in with a number of assists, including two during Tuesday's 3-3 Ladbrokes Premiership draw with Dundee United.

But, ahead of Saturday's Ladbrokes Premiership clash against Hamilton, manager Alan Archibald has told him he needs to hit the ground running next season after taking several months to find his feet in Scottish football.

When asked whether he thinks he can improve next season, Amoo said: "I definitely have to. It's not an option, I have to be better next year.

"I will try and make the changes and chip in with more goals and a few more assists.

"I don't think you know what to expect when you come. But the standard up here is really, really good. It definitely opens your eyes.

"It's a competitive league and I have nothing but good things to say about Scottish football."

On his extended contract, Amoo said: "It was an easy decision. I have really enjoyed my time here. The management are great with me and it's a great set of lads.

"There is a good core to the team and the lads welcomed me the first day I came, and the fans have been great with me as well.

"The nucleus of the team have signed and with a few more additions you never know where you can end up."

Partick still have a raft of fitness problems with Gary Miller struggling to shake off a niggling injury. Abdul Osman (knee), Callum Booth (foot) and Christie Elliott (groin) have all undergone surgery in the past few days.

Goalkeeper Tomas Cerny (foot), midfielders Gary Fraser and Stuart Bannigan (knee) and Mustapha Dumbuya (ankle) are also missing.

Meanwhile, player/manager Martin Canning would like to see loan striker Carlton Morris at Hamilton again next season.

The 20-year-old Englishman returns to Norwich after Accies' final game against Partick, where he will be looking to add to his eight goals this season.

Canning has told Oumar Diaby, Kemy Agustien and Chris Mandiangu that they will be going and is hopeful of persuading Alex D'Acol, Jesus Garcia Tena, Louis Longridge, Lucas Tagliapietra and Danny Redmond to stay at the club.

The Hamilton boss would also like to have Morris available next season if it suits the player and the Canaries, who are managed by former Accies player-boss Alex Neil, who have been relegated to the English second tier.

Canning said: "Carlton Morris will be going back to Norwich and we will be speaking to them in due course to maybe try to bring him back.

"He has done great for us this season, he has developed from the young kid that came in to leave a young man and has developed on the pitch as well.

"And as far as I am aware Carlton has enjoyed it, it has been a good experience for him.

"I am pretty sure his first focus will be to go back down and try to make an impact at Norwich and that would be my wishes for him, that is the whole purpose of being here.

"But if that wasn't to be the case, then we would be looking to bring him back up if the opportunity was there."

Canning admits dishing out the bad news to players at the end of the season is not the best part of his remit but he insists it is for the greater good of Hamilton, who he hopes finish the season on a high.

He said: "It is never nice to do but it is part of the job. It is not a personal thing, it is about trying to do the best for the club.

"It is the last game and it would be nice to sign off with a good performance and get the result, so we will focus on trying to win the match.

"The biggest thing was to get through it and keep Hamilton in the league."

Midfielder Ali Crawford returns from suspension for Hamilton but forward Dougie Imrie serves the second part of his two-game ban. Midfielder Darian Mackinnon is also suspended after being sent off against Inverness on Wednesday night.

Defender Jesus Garcia Tena is carrying a knock and will be assessed.

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