Terry Butcher today revealed he’s aiming to bring further new faces to Easter Road as he prepares to make forward Danny Haynes his first January signing.
The 26-year-old has agreed to join Hibs on loan until the end of the season and has travelled to Edinburgh to complete the paperwork which will allow him to make his debut in the Scottish Cup tie against Raith Rovers on Saturday week.
Haynes’ arrival ends weeks of frustration for Hibs fans, an emotion shared by the manager as he’s seen a string of proposed deals fall through for a variety of reasons. But he insisted he’ll continue to work until the transfer window slams shut tomorrow night, optimistic he can further strengthen his squad.
London-born Haynes has played the majority of his career in the English Championship with Ipswich, Millwall, Bristol City, Barnsley and Charlton before joining League One outfit Notts County on a two-year contract last summer.
However, he has scored just four times in 22 appearances for the Magpies, leading manager Shaun Derry to make him available for transfer, and the lure of working with ex-England skipper Butcher is said to have been a key factor in
persuading Haynes to head for the Scottish Premiership.
Blessed with lightning pace, the former England Under-19 internationalist can operate anywhere across the frontline with Butcher looking for him to use his experience not only to get among the goals himself but to provide openings for others, the Hibs boss well aware his side have scored only 21 times in their 24 league games so far.
As he arrived at East Mains training centre to meet his new team-mates, Haynes would find one familiar face, Hibs captain Liam Craig having been a team-mate when Ipswich won the FA Youth Cup in 2005, beating a Southampton side which included the likes of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott, Adam Lallana and former Easter Road goalkeeper Andy McNeil in a two-legged final.
Now Butcher will concentrate his efforts on further deals. He said: “I am optimistic there will be some, how many I do not know. I know the fans have been getting frustrated as they’ve seen other clubs bring in players but I’ve always said more business would be done towards the end of the window than the start.
“It’s always easier said than done, there are many hurdles you need to get over or get around before deals can be done and sometimes you can’t negotiate them at all.”