Hibs captain Rob Jones wants to leave Easter Road

Last updated : 22 August 2007 By Steve Forbes

Hibs captain Rob Jones has today sent his agent running to the papers in an effort to win himself a move away from Easter Road.

In a move reminiscent of the Brown and Thomson saga in December, the Hibs captain has apparently went in the huff over a new contract and wage rise that has been offered to him.

Hibs have turned down a bid of £400,000 from Leeds Utd for the stopper and this has apparently angered the 6ft 7in Englishman so much that he has demanded a pay rise or be allowed to talk to Leeds.

The Hibees have demanded £1m for the player who arrived from
Grimsby Town a year ago for £150,000.

Apparently ex boss Tony Mowbray promised to review his contract, thought to be £1,000 a week, if he proved himself at SPL level.

Hibs HAVE offered a pay rise to the giant defender but it seems he is hell bent on a move back down south, the problem being, that he has THREE years still to run on his current deal.

His agent, Kevin Smith, told a tabloid:

"It was agreed under the previous manager that if Rob did well we would come back to the table to review things.

"Since then he has become captain of the club and helped Hibs to win the CIS Cup.

"We went back to the club but the offer put on the table was not acceptable and we were very disappointed by it.

"Rob is contracted to Hibs for another three seasons but he has personal issues and they will need to be addressed at some point.

"But at the moment he is captain of Hibs and he will continue to serve them with loyalty until that situation changes.

"I know Rob has spoken with the chairman and expressed a desire to go back to England to play his football.

"There have been a number of meetings and I believe Rob has made his feelings clear to the club on his position. But John Collins has made it clear that he is his captain and he does not want him to leave.

"That is nice to hear but if that were the case then you would expect the club to reflect that in their valuation of the player but that hasn't been forthcoming.

"We have been to see the chairman but so far nothing has been resolved. I am aware Leeds have shown an interest in Rob - and that would be something he'd be interested in - but Hibs have made it clear that he is not for sale and there is a lot of bad feeling and disappointment on our side."

I think big Rob needs to have a look at himself, he is a good stopper, but he aint THAT good. It wasn't that long ago he was plying his trade on the bottom rung of the English football ladder, in front of one man and his dog and having to supplement his wages with teaching school kids.

Hibs took a chance on him, has he really proved himself after 30 odd games??

I Don't think so!!!

By all means go, but you won't win anything at Leeds and you won't be playing in Europe anytime soon.

Can Leeds offer much more than Hibs?? They ain't getting the crowds they were and the are crippled by debt, propping up League One with MINUS 13 points!!

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