John McGinn has revealed his move to Hibs had “sold itself” to him after the Scotland Under-21 midfielder agreed a four-year deal with the Edinburgh club.
McGinn found himself with a number of options after turning down the offer of a new contract with St Mirren, not just in Scotland and England, but also in the United States, where he spent a week on trial with Owen Coyle’s Houston Dynamo.
But he had no hesitation in deciding on Hibs after meeting boss Alan Stubbs and having a look round both Easter Road and the club’s East Mains training centre, putting pen to paper after a six-figure “development fee” was agreed with the Buddies.
Admitting it had been a long summer as he weighed up his move, the 20-year-old said: “I spoke to a lot of clubs, but I came in here last week, spoke to the manager, the staff and had a look about. It sells itself really, the training ground, the stadium.
“It’s somewhere a young Scottish player wants to be and I am looking forward to developing here and becoming a better player, which I am sure I will.
“The manager is really ambitious and I wanted to be part of his plans to move Hibs forward. I’m still a young player and I believe Alan Stubbs will help me to develop to become a better player.”
McGinn, described by Stubbs as one of Scotland’s best young talents, he was looking forward to a new challenge having spent his entire career so far in Paisley, saying: “I am excited and hopefully I can bring success to the club and take it back to where it belongs.”
He did, however, reveal he’ll be playing “catch-up” in terms of fitness, but insisted it won’t be long until he is pulling on his new No 18 green-and-white shirt.
“I’m a little bit off,” he said, “but we have a really good sports scientist here in Craig Flannigan and I will work hard with him and I’ll be playing matches before you know it.”
Describing himself as having a “very unorthodox” style, McGinn, whose brothers Stephen and Paul play for Dundee, McGinn, who Stubbs has insisted is in no way a replacement for Scott Allan, is ready to fight for his place in a highly competitive midfield containing the Rangers target, Fraser Fyvie, Marvin Bartley, Sam Stanton and young Scott Martin.
He said: “I work really hard, I have a good passing range and hopefully I can chip in with some goals and add to what is already a very good midfield.”
Claiming McGinn’s arrival “epitomises” Hibs ambition for the future, Stubbs said: “John is an extremely talented young player with huge potential and I am looking forward to seeing him continue his development here at Hibs.”