Hibernian hopes they can entice former Hull City midfielder Jackson Irvine to stay in Edinburgh beyond this season.
The Australian joined the Scottish Premiership Club on short notice in January after having run out of clubs since his release from KCOM Stadium last year.
Irvine left City after three years at the club and his shock exit came just days before the championship season resumed in June.
The 28-year-old was out of a club until earlier this year, and Hibs eventually took him on board during the January transfer window – the midfielder has since made 11 appearances for the team in Edinburgh.
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And with Irvine free to find another club at the end of the season, manager Jack Ross is hoping he and sporting director Graeme Mathie can put together an attractive offer for the midfielder to stay in Scotland.
“Jackson encouraged us and I gave it to Graeme who will try to put something attractive in front of him and then we’ll see where we are,” said Ross.
“Hopefully it will be soon. At this stage of the season we can’t let this go on indefinitely, but we have plans, with and without him, so we don’t have undue pressure to complete it one way or another and we may have to do let things go to give us the best possible chance.
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“It is important that Jackson encouraged us after these initial discussions. In the short time he was here, he did well for us and we were good of him and he enjoyed it.
“As soon as we have an offer in front of him, we will better understand where his mind is and whether we have a chance to keep him here longer term.”