Martin Boyle speaks out on contract buy-out clause and what that means for his Hibs future

Martin Boyle has refuted suggestions that a buy-out clause in his contract will definitely trigger his Hibs departure this summer, saying that he would have to weigh up any offers carefully.

Sharing his belief that money does not necessarily determine happiness, the winger said he “can’t describe how much I’m enjoying my football” at the Easter Road club, who have just finished third in the top flight for the first time in 16 years and now have their sights set on a Scottish Cup triumph at Hampden on Saturday.

The 28-year-old, who joined the Leith club in 2015 and penned a new two-year deal in August last year, has enjoyed his best ever campaign, weighing in with 15 goals and 12 assists to attract widespread attention.

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Celtic have again been linked with the Australian international, who is valued at well into seven figures, but the £500,000 buy-out clause which was inserted when he signed the latest extension earlier this season, has also sparked interest from abroad.

Martin Boyle could have some big decisions to make on his future this summer. Photo by Paul Devlin / SNS Group

But he made it clear that he would not be tempted by just any overtures, not when there is so much positivity and so many possibilities at Hibs, where he has European football to look forward to next season and, he says, he has continued to mature and improve as a player.

“I’d love to grab more goals and assists. I’m not getting any younger but hopefully I have a few more years where I can produce the numbers that I am now.

“Hopefully I can be a mainstay in this team and rack up the numbers and win more silverware.”

But, with football so hard to predict, he did not completely snuff out the possibility that this weekend’s cup final could be his swangsong.

“I’ve two years left [on his current contract] and whatever happens, happens. If something comes of it then something comes of it but my full focus is on Saturday. Then returning back after the internationals for pre-season.

“I’d just have to see what the opportunity was. I have never been in that position before but I’m sure if it was brought to my attention then it’s something I would weigh up with family and the club then take it from there.

“I haven't really thought about it but I can’t describe how much I’m enjoying my football here. Some people might say that money is everything but happiness is everything. I am really enjoying my football here, my family are settled here, and I committed to another two years here. I could have just seen out my contract but I think there is a lot to be said for being happy, that’s the kind of guy I am, and I am happy and playing football regularly and enjoying it.

“It has been fantastic for me, just making my family proud, so although I had a chance to just see [my contract] out, and this Saturday could have been my last game, thankfully it’s not and I’m in a position where I have had a really good season and whatever happens will happen.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and I still do. As far as I’m aware I will be returning for pre-season after the internationals.”

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