Stubbs: Relegation not putting off new signings

Scott Allan has joined Hibs on a two-year deal
Scott Allan has joined Hibs on a two-year deal
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ALAN STUBBS has revealed relegation hasn’t put players off signing for Hibs, claiming none of his targets have even raised the subject.

Mark Oxley has become the fourth summer arrival at Easter Road, the Hull City goalkeeper agreeing a six-month loan deal to join David Gray, Farid El Alagui and Scott Allan, who have all penned two-year contracts.

But while his squad is now “not too far away” from what he wants, head coach Stubbs hinted there could be further new faces before the transfer window closes at the end of next month.

He said: “If something comes up that’s very interesting then we would be interested – but they have to be the right players. I wouldn’t rule anything out. We still have another five weeks before the deadline and if anything comes up which is exciting and would be a really good addition to the make-up of the squad we have at the moment then I would be interested in doing something.

“But I want the right type of player. I don’t just want ability, I want players who are hungry and are good in the dressingroom. I want players who are winners and fighters.”

Stubbs has thanked Hibs fans for their patience, the former Bolton, Celtic and Everton defender having insisted all along that he was determined to bring in quality rather than quantity – even if it meant waiting a bit longer to get the player he wanted.

And in that regard, he insisted, the question of Hibs playing in the Championship rather than the Premiership has not been an issue. He said: “It’s never been a problem. Hibs, unfortunately, have gone down, but we are still attracting players.

“Of the players we have spoken to, no-one has said anything about the club going down. I can honestly say of the targets we have spoken to, not one has mentioned the fact that the club has gone down.

“I think when you are a big club and have that feel about it and when the players see the stadium and the training ground, it becomes a much easier decision because it’s very impressive. You can’t play down how impressive it is but I don’t want to be in a position where, yeah, we have a great stadium and a great training ground – I want a great team on the pitch as well.

“Without that the others are irrelevant.”