Newell was another to take his time to find his feet at Hibs his form has been up and down like many others, some games he's been excellent and looks the best player on the pitch, the next game could easily pass him by and he's been a passenger. This has been seen in Hallberg and Mallan and one of the main reasons our performances are so inconsistent but we are Hibs and until we pay bigger wages inconsistent players like Newell, Hallberg, Mallan, Doidge, Horgan, Slivka etc, are who we will get into the club.
Newell and Doidge are both significantly better than run of the mill inconsistent players who struggle to get into the team.
They are both key players in one of the better Hibs teams in recent times.
Not sure the idea of playing a few games in Europe will make a difference to their decision.
Especially not in Irvine’s case who has already played allover the world for Oz, including 3 World Cup finals appearances.
Ithink they will both get offers from championship sides that are 4 or 5 times what they get at Hibs, so think they will be back down the road in the summer.
I also hope I am 100% wrong, and that something can be done to keep them here.
Fair point about Irvine's achievements so far.
I wouldn't blame either of them for leaving if they could get another £4k per week (probably double Hibs' offer) but if there's only £1k in it then the opportunity to play in Europe has to be tempting for an extra year here.
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On his day brings great composure and ball retention to the middle of the park but has as many average displays as complete stand outs. Would be happy for him to stay but wouldn’t be breaking the bank to keep him either, would release a fair wage if he doesn’t so would be hoping to find a decent replacement.
Would be delighted if Newell signed on for a lengthier stay at Hibs as he has been great this season - looking like the classiest player on the pitch in many games. I don't know what wage he's on but would suggest he has earned himself a raise if he stays. We all know the finances in football could take him out of our reach though and if that happened I'd wish him good luck (as long as he wasn't poached by the huns or somesuch in which case hanging, drawing and quartering would be too good for him )