Hibs won’t extend Alex Harris Dundee deal

Alex Harris has enjoyed a new lease of life at Dundee
Alex Harris has enjoyed a new lease of life at Dundee
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Alan Stubbs has told Dundee boss Paul Hartley he has no chance of extending Alex Harris’ loan deal at Dens Park.

The 20-year-old moved to Tayside in January for the remainder of the season – Dundee’s Martin Boyle headed in the opposite direction – and the winger has enjoyed a new lease of life with the Premiership club, making nine starts.

Hartley has been delighted with Harris’ form and was quoted as saying: “It’s too early to say if we could keep him longer.”

But today Hibs head coach Stubbs insisted there was no chance of that happening, saying: “The situation has not changed. It was purely about getting Alex game time, enjoying his football and then coming back.

Alex will be going nowhere. He will be joining us on day one of pre-season training, I can assure you of that.”

Nevertheless, Stubbs admitted he was delighted that the move for a player, who remains under contract to Hibs until the summer of 2017, has gone exactly according to plan.

He said: “I have stayed in contact with Alex throughout the loan. We have spoken and he is fine. He has done well, which is great. That was the whole idea of the loan agreement so from that point of view it has been a real success. Hopefully, when Alex comes back he will have confidence, more game time under his belt and more experience. I expect him to have a real big season with us next season.”

Meanwhile, teenage striker Lewis Allan has returned to Easter Road following his month-long loan with League One side Dunfermline while development squad defender Neil Martyniuk has joined League Two Berwick Rangers until the end of the season.