Pat Fenlon was a very busy man in January as he attempts to build a team capable of preventing Hibernian from the dreaded drop. A new air of optimism is wafting around the Hibee world as we managed to secure the services of no fewer than 9, yes 9, players! With 5 players leaving, Hibs were by far the busiest Scottish club this transfer window.
Only Eoin Doyle and Pa Saikou Kujabi are actual signings, with the other 7 lads being loan deals. But Hibs fans are not going Tonto over this, in fact we are very happy with our Loan Arranger. In Pat we trust.
So practically a brand new team and it breaks down like this…
Matt Doherty- Wolves (Defender) – loan to June 2012
Roy O’Donovan- Coventry City (Striker) – loan to June 2012
Jorge Claros- Motagua (Midfielder) – loan to January 2013
Pa Saikou Kujabi-Unattached (Defender) – signed to June 2013
George Francomb- Norwich City (Defender) – loan to June 2012
Tom Soares- Stoke City (Midfielder) – loan to June 2012
James McPake- Coventry City (Defender) – loan to June 2012
Eoin Doyle -Sligo Rovers (Striker) – signed to June 2013
Leigh Griffiths -Wolves (Striker) – loan extension to June 2012
Players that have left the club:
2 players that are getting the Hibee hoardes salivating are Pa Saikou Kujabi and Jorge Claros.
Kujabi is a rampaging left back who is known in his homeland as the ‘Gambian Roberto Carlos’. 25 years old and 10 international caps, he has played in Austria & Germany.
Claros is exciting the Hibs faithful the most though. A target for Rangers who seemingly put in a “laughable” bid for him only to have us to pinch him from under their noses. The Rangers (spit) messageboards went into meltdown when they found out he would be signing for us ‘junkies’, for that is what they call us in the banterous world of Scottish fitba. Yes their humour knows no bounds…
Claros is Honduran and is known there as ‘The Pitbull’. This man has even survived a bullet to his head in a failed robbery attempt. A tough cookie it seems. Just what the Cabbage have been crying out for. He has played 15 times for his country.
After a dismal 4-0 thumping from Rangers last Saturday, there is a new spring in our step with all these signings. Up next is the Scottish Cup clash with Kilmarnock. Could it be possible that this bunch can do what no Hibs team has done since Buffalo Bill was still fighting the Indians, and win that most elusive of prizes?
Who knows? But it sure is gonna be exciting finding out.