A host of clubs, including Celtic, Leeds, and Arsenal, have been handed a blow as Hibs youngster Josh Doig signed a new contract in Scotland yesterday.
The teenager had been courted by a number of clubs in England. A summer move was being lined up, with talk of a fee in the region of £1m being talked about.
However, as confirmed by Hibernian yesterday, Doig has now put pen to paper on a fresh new deal, taking him through until 2025.
Of course, in football, you never know what this might mean. A new contract could simply protect Hibs and allow them to demand more money for one of Scotland’s brightest young talents.
For Leeds, Arsenal, and Celtic, it looks like they’ll need to cough up a tad more cash if they remain keen on Doig. The young left-back has made 21 appearances in the league this season, scoring once and laying a further two goals on for teammates.
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From an outside point of view this simply looks like being a ploy from Hibs to protect themselves. And rightly so, why should they lose one of their most valuable assets for peanuts?
Doig certainly looks a quality young player. It’s little wonder there has been interest in him in fairness. However, that £1m talk has surely gone out of the window now.
Hibs have done well here and, quite rightly, have protected themselves from being done over in the market.