Hibs have today completed the signing of Bristol City wonderkid Reuben McAllister.
The 16-year-old has signed a 3-year-deal at Easter Road, with the fee being reported on website Bristolworld.com as £250,000, possibly rising to £500,000..
Hibs apparently beat off competition from Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Rangers and Celtic to land the player.
McAllister, son of new Hibs assistant manager Jamie, will join the Hibs development squad for the upcoming season.
Academy Director Steve Kean speaking to the official club website said:
“Bringing a player of Reuben’s ability is a real coup for Hibernian FC. We beat off a lot of competition from top English Premier League sides to bring him here.
“He’s a left-footed creative midfielder who has a real ability on the ball; he can see a pass and loves opening up defences. Alongside that, he’s not afraid to put his foot in and to win the ball back.
“Our games’ programme will help him with the transition from youth football to men’s football. Some weeks he will face elite youth players, then the next he will face senior pros. These experiences will stretch him, and push on his overall development as a player.
“He is a real talent and someone we’re really excited to work with and welcome to Hibernian FC.”
We don't know much about the lad, but if we have spent £250,000 on a 16-year-old, and beaten off Villa and Newcastle, as well as the two horrid sisters from Glasgow, then it's ok with us.
The Hibees have been bolstering their new DV side over the last few months, and despite only being 16, McAllister will join that side.
A good move, he can only benefit playing against older lads and alongside guys like Darren McGregor.
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