Hibs focus on signings for long term

Pat Fenlon. Picture: Greg Macvean
Pat Fenlon. Picture: Greg Macvean
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HIBS boss Pat Fenlon will not abandon his long-term perspective by rushing through new signings ahead of next week’s Europa League tie.

The Edinburgh club remain confident of snapping up Kevin Thomson this week – for a third spell at Easter Road – after he impressed during the club’s Iberian training camp.

However, Hibs’ search for a striker to replace Leigh Griffiths and Eoin Doyle, who together scored 39 of the club’s 62 goals last term, has proved fruitless so far. Falkirk rejected a bid from the Edinburgh outfit, thought to be in the region of £100,000, for Lyle Taylor, who netted 29 goals for the Bairns last season.

However Fenlon, who has added Liam Craig and Owain Tudur Jones to his ranks, as well as securing the permanent signing of last year’s loan star Ryan McGivern, is not panicking ahead of the Hibees’ first Euro campaign in three years.

The Leithers will face either Malmo or Drogheda over two legs in the Europa League second qualifying round, to be played on July 18 and 25.

“We want to get players in and we want to be prepared for the European tie and progress in the competiton,” said Fenlon.

“But signing players is about signing them for a period of time over a contract – not just for one tie. We need to make sure the players coming in are right for the long term.

“We know where we want to strengthen, but we won’t be strengthening just to play a European game. They have to fit the bill for the team we’re trying to build and the way we want to play.

“Things are moving on a little bit now because the clubs are back in training, (but) it’s now a case of sticking at it and working hard to get things done.”