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Busy Transfer Window For Pat Fenlon

 

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It’s been a busy summer period for Pat Fenlon, with an incredible 26 players leaving or arriving at the club.

Of last year’s squad, fans’ favourite Leigh Griffiths returned to parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers where he has since signed a contract extension after making an impressive start to the season, whilst striking partner Eoin Doyle has joined Chesterfield. Continue reading

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Irish Youngsters Making Big Impression With Hibs

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Last year several of the Hibs’ Under 20 squad progressed to the first team, including the highly thought of Alex Harris, Danny Handling, Ross Caldwell and Jordon Forster, whilst others such as Sam Stanton, Dean Horribine and Bradley Donaldson were regularly on the fringes.

Many Hibs supporters who follow the progress of the youngsters however believe that the current group have even more potential than their counterparts from last season. Continue reading

Hibs Start Season With 1-1 Draw Against Dumbarton

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Hibs started the season with a 1-1 draw in the friendly against Ian Murray’s Dumbarton at the Bet Butler Stadium.

Pat Fenlon handed three players their first start in the green and white jersey, teenage defender Bradley Donaldson took the right back spot, whilst summer singings Owain Tudor-Jones who joined the club from Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Liam Craig who joined from St Johnstone started in midfield. Continue reading

Fan Favourite Ivan Sproule leaves Hibs As Griffiths In Hot Water Over Racist Tweet

Ivan Sproule There has been no shortage of activity behind the scenes at Easter Road during the winter’s break.

Northern Irish winger Ivan Sproule has signed an 18-month contract at Ross County after failing to command a regular first team slot.

The 31-year-old established himself as a fan favourite during two spells at Easter Road, playing 147 times and scoring 22 goals, including a famous hat-trick in a 3-0 victory over Rangers at Ibrox. He also played in the League Cup win over Kilmarnock at Hampden on 2007.

Colin Calderwood brought him back to Edinburgh in summer 2011 after a spell in England however he has only started twice this season, the last of which came in the 3-0 defeat at Inverness early last month.

Sproule, who joined his new County team-mates as they jetted out to Spain this morning for a four-day training break, told the Scotsman: “I know there was a bit of talk about possible moves in the summer, but I didn’t want to be hanging around in the stands for another six months.

“I am 31 now and want to be involved and contributing every week. I haven’t been able to do that this season and it has been frustrating.

“I knew Derek Adams from his time at Hibs and I liked what he had to say. There’s a good atmosphere and a great set-up up there. It’s a beautiful part of the country and I’m looking forward to getting my wife and kids up there.”

The popular winger left with the best wishes of all concerned at the club and Pat Fenlon said: “I would like to wish Ivan all the best as he embarks on the next chapter in his career, and thank him for his commitment and professionalism.

“Even when he wasn’t featuring as regularly as he would have liked, Ivan remained a model prop and a positive character within the dressing room.”

Meanwhile controversial striker Leigh Griffiths is in trouble after an alleged racist tweet. The on-loan star is regularly the subject of abuse and provocation online, and it is understood that he responded to an abusive tweet. He immediately deleted his comments and apologised to the ‘follower’ however details were passed to the media. Earlier this morning the club issued the following statement on the website: “Hibernian FC today confirmed that it had spoken to player Leigh Griffiths about exchanges on a social media website. The player had realised that despite the provocation, the language he used was totally unacceptable and had already apologised for what he said. The player has closed access to the account.

“The player supports the club and the whole of Scottish football in its stance against racism, bigotry and anti-social behaviour. The player will be subject to a disciplinary process which will be a private matter between the club and the player.”

Parent club Wolves also issued a statement condemning the tweet and confirmed that Griffiths is likely to spend the rest of the season at Easter Road, news which has delighted the Hibs’ faithful.

In further news, both winger Alex Harris and defender Bradley Donaldson have become the latest Academy graduates to be handed extended contracts at the club.

Attacking midfielder Harris, 18, made his first team debut against Dundee at Easter Road in October while centre-half Donaldson, 19, has been an ever present on the substitutes’ bench since early November.

Harris, who is nicknamed ‘Boozy’ because of his similar hairstyle to former Hibernian midfielder Guillaume Beuzelin, has signed an extension until June 2014.

Harris told Hibs TV: “Obviously I’m thrilled to be able to extend my deal with the club. Now I’ll be pushing myself on in order to get into the first team and to continue my development. It was a surprise. I had trained a couple of times with the first team before, but it was a big shock to be named on the bench and then to be brought on. My aims are to help the under-20s to win matches. Then I want to push forward into the first team and hopefully get some more game-time before the end of the season.”

Lifelong Hibs fan Donaldson said: “I’m very pleased to have extended my contract. I’ve been with the Academy since I was eight and I’ve been going to watch Hibs since I was two. It’s a great club and I had a season ticket when I was three and I used to go to away games as well until I was about 12.”

“To get on the pitch is my main goal and it’s one I’m working towards. When I was first called up into the match day squad for the away game at Motherwell in October it was a little unexpected, but then I was on the bench for the St Mirren game and I’ve pretty much stayed there ever since.”

Manager Pat Fenlon believes both players have got bright futures at the club.  “I’ve been impressed with Alex and Bradley – they’ve shown the right commitment and application.

“They’ve not been fazed by the challenge of stepping up and being involved at first team level and have shown good potential. We look forward to seeing them both continuing to develop into first team players here at Hibernian.”

Leigh Griffiths Double Sends Hibs To The Top Of The SPL

Two goals from on-form striker Leigh Griffiths sent Hibs to the top of the SPL after a hard fought encounter against St Mirren at Easter Road today.

The on-loan star has been the subject of much speculation regarding his future after Wolves boss Stale Solbakken was reported to have said this week that Griffiths was not in his long term plans, and that he would be available to extend his loan period in January or move permanently. This news has led to calls from fans demanding the Chairman Rod Petrie makes him a suitable offer to remain at Easter Road.

Earlier this week Petrie had issued a plea to lapsed supporters asking them to return and provide funds for the manager, and once again, the numbers increased, albeit by only a few hundred.

Pat Fenlon made one enforced chance to the line-up which hammered Motherwell at Fir Park last Friday, after Tim Clancy failed a late fitness test on his groin injury. He was replaced by fellow countryman Alan Maybury, whilst 18-year-old Bradley Donaldson was on the bench for the first time.

St Mirren settled quicker and they almost took the lead when Steven Thompson’s shot was well saved by Ben Williams, at the second attempt. Seconds later Dougie Imrie cut inside from the left wing onto his right foot and his curling effort was just off target.

The ‘Buddies’ were dominating possession however they almost gifted a goal to Hibs when Marc McAusland’s error allowed Griffiths in on goal and his well-struck effort hit the post.

A fantastic save from Williams denied McLean before Danny Lennon’s side took a deserved lead on 31 minutes when McLean struck a 25-yard drive into the bottom right hand corner of the net.

The home side fought back a few minutes later and equalised when Paul Cairney beat Reilly on the left wing. His cross was flicked on by James McPake into the path of Griffiths who cushioned the ball on his chest and hammered a right-foot volley into the net from close range to the delight of the Hibs fans.

After the break, both Cairney and McPake went close, as Hibs started to gain the upper hand. The breakthrough eventually came on 65 minutes when Griffiths smashed a superb shot beyond Samson from the edge of the box for his elevents goal of the season.

A minute later, former Hibs target Jim Goodwin picked up his second caution of the afternoon and St Mirren were down to ten men. The Saints were desperate to snatch a point, and Williams did well to palm a McAusland header over the bar.

Griffiths was unlucky not to complete his hat-trick when his curling free kick hit the post with the keeper well beaten.

St Mirren almost grabbed a point near the end after a McPake mistake fell to Thompson who was put under pressure by Maybury, but managed to pass to Carey who blasted the ball high and wide with the goal at his mercy.

With five minutes remaining, Griffiths thought he had added a third, but his shot into the far corner of the net was ruled offside.

In injury time a snap-shot from Thompson almost snatched an equaliser however another fine save by Williams kept the three points in Leith and sent Hibs to the top of the SPL.

After the game, a happy Pat Fenlon told Hibs TV “I don’t think it was a great performance today. I thought St Mirren were very good in the first half and were the better side, so we got a bit lucky going in at half time (at 1-1).

“The second half was a bit better, but in the last five minutes we got a bit edgy and hung on instead of seeing the game out. We weren’t brilliant today by any stretch of the imagination but we have a team that cares and works really hard for the club and for each other.

“It’s a good sign that they have that character as players and that they dug in to make sure we did stay in front. I thought we were a little bit better defensively and I was happy with them.”

“Leigh is someone we want to keep at the club and he wants to stay which is great, so we’ve got to make sure we do our work and get that done.

“He is a special talent that’s for sure. We have brought those players into the club and if we lose them, we’ve got to try and find the replacements, but that’s all just part of football.

“He’s a very good player and his scoring ratio to chances is fantastic. But he’s like that in training and he very rarely misses the target. Today he’s hit the post twice, had one disallowed and scored two.”

Hibernian: Williams, Maybury, McPake, Hanlon, McGivern, Wotherspoon, Claros, Taiwo, Cairney, Griffiths, Doyle (Stevenson 77′). Substitutes not used: Murdoch, Sproule, Handling, Stanton, Kuqi, Donaldson.

St Mirren: Samson, McAusland, Reilly (Teale 63′), van Zanten, Mair, Imrie (Carey 81′), McLean, Thompson, Parkin (Guy 60′), Dummett, Goodwin. Substitutes not used: Smith, Robertson, Barron, McGinn.

Referee: Alan Muir.

Attendance 10,358

Photograph by http://www.jcmackintosh.co.uk

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