Hib’s boss Jack Ross has announced that talks are ongoing with Jackson Irvine – and he could extend his stint at the club.
The Australia international joined the club in January and has been an important player for them so far, but Hibs shouldn’t be able to keep him in the summer.
He had gone without a game for 10 months after leaving Hull City at the end of his contract last summer, and then the Covid-19 pandemic meant he was struggling to find a club.
The midfielder has been almost always present since joining Easter Road and Ross believes he loved his time there more than expected.
And while he likely has options in England and the Far East, Ross hopes he can persuade him to renew his contract.
He told the Edinburgh Evening News, “I think he probably enjoyed it more than he expected and it was good for him and it gave him a lot to think about.
“What we did is put ourselves in a competitive position to try to keep him at the club and we didn’t think we would be in that position and he probably didn’t think we would be when he first signed. “
“But a by-product of our performance this season is that we now have the chance to keep him at the club.
“He obviously has a good pedigree in England and is an Australian international. This helps to open up a global market with places like the Far East and the Middle East where there are financial benefits.
“So he has a lot to think about, but the conversations we’ve had now allow us to open contractual discussions now and we respond to those who know we have a chance.”