Hibs have made a “goodwill” payment to English minnows Stourbridge after snapping up their star striker Jamie Insall on a three-year deal, it was revealed today.
The 22-year-old had only signed for the Evo-Stik League Northern Premier Division outfit a few weeks before the Capital club made their move, offering a player who has been a prolific scorer throughout his career in the lower reaches of football in the Midlands, a trial at East Mains
Barely 24 hours after arriving in Edinburgh, Insall, who scored 42 goals last term before moving to Stourbridge in pre-season, netted in a friendly for Hibs against Brentford, earning himself an extended stay in the Capital and, now, his first full-time professional contract.
Today, Gary Hackett, manager of Stourbridge, who play in the seventh tier of English football, revealed that while Hibs were under no obligation to compensate the “Glassboys”, they had, in fact, handed over a small fee.
The former Aberdeen midfielder said: “Hibs came in for Jamie out of the blue really and everything went from there.
“We cannot fault the way they have gone about it. Obviously, Jamie was not on a contract so they had no obligation to us.
“But they have been very understanding and professional and they have made a small payment to us as a token of goodwill, which is appreciated.”
As he celebrated his deal, Insall insisted he was determined to make the most of the belated chance offered to him by Hibs, saying: “This is a great move for me.
“My aim now is to repay the faith that the manager has shown in me by working hard, developing my game and ultimately helping the first team by scoring goals.
“It’s a big step-up, but I’ve waited a long time for my opportunity to step up to full-time football and I’m determined to make the most of it by doing everything I can to succeed.”
Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs, who only 24 hours earlier had signed Chelsea striker Islam Feruz and Dundee United forward Henri Anier on season-long loan deals, said: “We’re pleased to have Jamie signed up for the next few years.
“He’s impresed on trial and he’s earned his chance at taking the step up to professional football.
“We feel he’s got the potential to succeed at the club and he now has the opportunity to work hard and develop his game with us.”