Terry Butcher today revealed he wouldn’t rule out turning the loan deals which have brought Danny Haynes, Duncan Watmore and Daniel Boateng to Hibs into permanent moves in the summer.
The Easter Road boss snapped up the trio, from Notts County, Sunderland and Arsenal respectively, on the final day of the transfer window until the end of the season and although he knows some will question the wisdom of such short-term deals, he insisted he wouldn’t have it any other way.
And Butcher disclosed he was poised to make a fourth signing, only for the player in question’s club, an English Premiership outfit, to suddenly pull the plug. He said: “It was another striker, it was all agreed on Thursday night. We thought we had done it, but then it didn’t happen, which was disappointing.”
Nevertheless, Butcher was delighted with the signings made, firmly believing frontman Haynes, winger Watmore and defender Boateng will have a big part to play in the remainder of Hibs season as the Capital club push for a top six finish for the first time in four seasons.
Although Hibs don’t have a game this weekend, their visit to Inverness cancelled as Caley take on Hearts at Easter Road tomorrow in the second semi-final of the League Cup, Butcher reckons all three will be ready to face Raith Rovers in next weekend’s home Scottish Cup tie.
Haynes and Watmore have already trained with their new team-mates, while 21-year-old Boateng will join them at the start of next week. Butcher said: “What we have seen from Danny and Duncan so far has been very good, very sharp and with good pace as well. Daniel is a big, strong, physical specimen, who is comfortable on the ball and can play right back, in central defence or that holding role in midfield.
“He played against Chelsea Under-21s the other night and won so he is up to speed in terms of games. We’ve strengthened in three different areas with experience, youth, pace and strength which gives us good alternatives and, I feel, more of a threat than we had before, which is good.
“I’m very comfortable with the fact they are on loan. I don’t have any problem with their commitment and everything else. They are hungry boys and desperate to do well and we can easy turn these loans into permanent deals in the summer.
“I didn’t want to get permanent deals at the moment if I could help it because I’m looking to do major work in the summer when there’s a lot more quality and a lot more players available, but these players are certainly going to add to the squad and with the other boys will take us through to the summer, when we’ll see what happens then about their moves turning into permanent deals.
“I do not know, we will wait and see, but it would be nice if they did because we know a lot about them and they know a lot about us. I know these boys are committed and will give everything for Hibernian Football Club.”
Meanwhile, defender Tim Clancy and forward Rowan Vine have left Hibs by mutual consent, with Derry City keen to sign Clancy.