Hibs sign midfielder Jake Doyle Hayes

Last updated : 01 July 2021 By Steve Forbes

Hibs have today secured their second signing of the summer - with a shock swoop for out-of-contract St Mirren midfielder Jake Doyle-Hayes.

The former Aston Villa academy kid looked to be on his way to Dundee United just yesterday, but the deal collapsed and the Hibees stepped in.

The 22-year-old has signed a two-year-deal at Easter Road and will join-up with the squad on their pre-season training camp in England next week.

Speaking to the official club website, he said:

"After speaking to the manager, I was delighted to get this opportunity," said Doyle-Hayes after passing his medical at Hibernian Training Centre.

"I saw the club last season and played against them and the players they have should be competing for 'medals' all the time. The expectation of the club is to be challenging for them and I think that's really good."

Editor's View:

A surprise signing that didn't seem to be on the radar 24 hours ago.

Hibs have already lost midfielders Stephen McGinn and Fraser Murray to Kilmarnock, and a new deal for Jackson Irvine doesn't seem to be forthcoming, so it's understandable that Jack Ross signed the young Irish lad.

Could this deal point to the fact Hibs have got tired of waiting on a decision from Irvine and have moved on?

There is also, of course, a cloud hanging over the futures of Melker Hallberg and Stevie Mallan.

Welcome to the Hibees Jake!

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