Hibs No. 1 extends loan deal till end of the season

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Goalkeeper Mark Oxley is to stay at Easter Road until the end of the season after Hull City agreed to extend his loan, Hibs boss Alan Stubbs revealed today.

Although Stubbs had remained confident of retaining the services of the 24-year-old, who moved to Edinburgh in August on an initial six-month deal, he required the go-ahead from Tigers manager Steve Bruce, which has now been given.

The news of the deal has delighted Oxley, who had expressed his wish to remain with Hibs and continue playing first-team football rather than returning to Hull, where he would have been fourth in the pecking order behind Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor, the veteran Steven Harper and Swiss internationalist Eldin Jakupovic.

Stubbs, who has already strengthened his squad during the first week of the January transfer window by signing Dundee forward Martin Boyle on loan and Ivory Coast striker Franck Dja Djedje on an 18-month deal, said: “Mark’s loan extension is obviously great news for us and it’s something that we’ve been working on for a long time.

“First and foremost, we would like to thank Steve Bruce and Hull City for enabling us to keep Mark here for the rest of the season. Mark has been really good for us and has provided us with a real presence in goal. His performaces have been excellent and have merited the loan extension. We’re delighted, and so is Mark.”

Oxley, who has played 23 times for the Capital club, said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Hibs so far, especially with our recent results. All the hard work is starting to pay off and is showing with our results and I am happy to be part of it.

“Coming here to Hibs was a great opportunity to play as many games as possible and hopefully I can carry on doing that and helping the team to win.

“I had a taste last season [at Oldham Atheltic] of playing a long spell of games and that was the plan for me with this loan move, so it has been really beneficial.”

While describing scoring against Livingston at Easter Road on his Scottish Championship debut in August as “an unbelievable experience,” Oxley insisted he was more pleased by the way in which recent results – including the 4-0 hammering of Rangers – have prompted people to talk positively about Hibs.

He said: “Now we’re just going to keep working hard, buying into what the manager wants us to do and push for promotion.”