Hibs Chief Petrie asks for fans help in January transfer swoops

Hibs chairman Rod Petrie has tonight released a statement  asking for the fans to once more back the club as they look to strengthen the squad this coming transfer window.

The club's supporters came out in their numbers and bought season tickets, and made purchaces through the club shop and other scheme's as Pat Fenlon re-built the squad over the summer.

Hibs have started the SPL season brightly, currently sitting in second spot in the league table, and Petrie is hoping fans come out in their numbers again, to help back the manager in the transfer market come January.

Speaking to the official club website, Petrie said:

"We would like to do more to help Pat sustain that improvement again in the January transfer window," he said.

"That will depend on our core source of income - receipts from attendances at home games between now and the turn of the year.

“Home attendances are growing from the low level reached following two years of under-performance on the pitch.

“We have tried to match the ambitions of supporters by investing in the team - the signing of James McPake was something that everyone wanted to see

"There is no magic wand - everyone needs to do what they can, but only if they can, in these times of economic hardship,

"We are impatient and want to do more.

"However, we can only operate within the resources available to us from supporters and I have to ask every supporter to look again and to do what they can from within their own budget.

"The unprecedented events of this summer created high levels of uncertainty in Scottish football, adding to the commercial difficulties faced by clubs at a time of economic recession," he added.

"The uncertainty was created by the actions of those people running one club, but the financial impact has been felt by every club.

"In our own case, this added to the difficulties presented by two years of under-performance on the pitch.

"Progress has been made, but we are still some distance short of where we need to be."