Wotherspoon has been impressed by the Irishman’s attitude in training and by the steel and determination he has added to the Hibs midfield since his arrival from Coventry City in the summer.
Deegan came to Hibs with a reputation as something of a hardman but Wotherspoon believes he has also added real quality to the side. He said: “The first game of the season when we lost to Dundee United wasn’t so good and I think a lot of people feared for us.
“But we have recovered well from that and I think the boys who have been brought in are really hard-working, although there is a lot of experience in there as well. Ben Williams has been terrific for us so far. James McPake has been a rock for us and centrally the manager got Gary Deegan in.
“I think he has proved to be a bit of a good find and he’s been very popular with the supporters. He’s got a lot of fight about him and he’s good to play alongside because he has got plenty of instructions and bits of advice to give you. He’s a great example and good for everyone around him.”