Neil Lennon: There is more to come from Martin Boyle

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Neil Lennon believes Hibs fans have yet to see the best of Martin Boyle as he welcomed the news the Easter Road “flying machine” has signed a two-year contract extension despite reported interest from Premiership rivals Aberdeen and Motherwell and English League One side Shrewsbury Town.

The 24-year-old became the sixth member of Lennon’s squad to commit himself to a new deal with the Capital club following David Gray, Darren McGregor, Lewis Stevenson, Marvin Bartley and Ross Laidlaw while Efe Ambrose has returned after a successful spell on loan from Celtic last season.

Having initially arrived at Easter Road on loan from Dundee in January 2015, Boyle made his move permanent in the following transfer window and has since proved to be a valuable member of a squad which followed winning the Scottish Cup by clinching the Championship title and a return to the top flight after an absence of three years.

He turned out to be last season’s second top scorer with nine goals, leading Lennon to say: “Martin made great strides last year and keeping hold of him is a real positive for the club. He has a good attitude, he’s a talented player, fit and his pace is a great asset to have.

“He can play in a variety of positions and put in some big performances either on the wing or through the middle. But his game isn’t just about pace, he can also score goals, lay on assists and is able to help us transition from defence to attack. I’m really glad that he has stayed on for the next two years.”

Although he may have been the subject of interest from elsewhere, Boyle admitted he’d have found it difficult to turn down the offer of a new contract at Easter Road, He said: “I’m really pleased to be staying here.

“Ever since I made my debut I’ve enjoyed my time here and when I was offered a new deal it was hard to say no, especially as I have so many good memories of the past two-and-a-half years.

“My goal when I first joined was to win promotion back to the top flight and it was great to achieve that last year and I’m really looking forward to playing in the Premiership at Easter Road.”