Jackson Irvine will be in demand this summer after his short-term contract with Hibernian expired after Saturday’s final Scottish Cup loss to St. Johnstone at Hampden Park.
Irvine, who left Hull City a year ago in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, had been without a club before moving to Easter Road.
Since arriving in Edinburgh, the Australian international has impressed under Jack Ross. The Hibs boss wants to keep him at the club for the next season.
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It is believed that Irvine would prefer to get a long-term contract with the club, although Aberdeen is also believed to be interested in bringing him to Pittodrie.
Ross, head of Osterstrasse, says that all contract negotiations were suspended until after the showcase final against St. Johnstone on Saturday.
“I had a good conversation with Jackson last week. He still has to weigh up and knows our position, ”said Ross.
“Given the importance of the games we had ahead of us, we agreed to speak again at the end of the season.
“I actually told him he did well because he bought another week of time by reaching the cup final!
“I felt comfortable with it and so did he. We are still hopeful and positive and I think we are still a very serious option for him to move forward.
“As soon as we’ve got the league games and the cup final out of the way, we have to bring them to a close for both parties.”