Jackson Irvine Hib’s contract was revealed no later than Jack Ross Graeme Mathie’s plan for “attractive” deal

Australia international Jackson Irvine “encouraged” Hibs to sign a new deal.

The midfielder joined in January but was widely expected to continue in the summer but Jack Ross has shown that there is a good chance he will stick with it.

The Hibs boss admits he left it to sporting director Graeme Mathie, who works behind the scenes to get a deal that can keep the former Celtic youth at the club.

Irvine is likely to have offers from the UK, as well as improved financial packages in Australia and the Far East, should it leave Easter Road this summer.

However, Ross is hoping to keep him at the club, especially if Europa League football is on the agenda for next season when he finishes third.

He told the Edinburgh Evening News, “Jackson encouraged us and I gave it to Graeme who will try to introduce him to something attractive and then we’ll see where we are.

“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.

“The important thing is 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 in the longer term.”

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