Hughes hopes to keep Murray
Hibs manager John Hughes admits he is 'desperate' to tie midfielder Ian Murray to a new contract.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 06/01/10 11:16am
Hibernian manager John Hughes admits he is 'desperate' to tie midfielder Ian Murray to a new contract.
The 28-year-old's current deal is set to expire in the summer and he is now free to talk to other clubs about signing pre-contract terms.
The former Rangers man, who also plays in defence, has featured 14 times in the SPL this season and has opened negotiations with Hibs.
Hughes is even more determined to keep hold of Murray after Sunderland defender Russell Anderson rejected a move to Easter Road, instead opting to wait for an offer to stay in England.
"I'm desperate to keep Murray. He's a versatile player who always gives you 100 per cent. He is everything you could want," Hughes told the Daily Record.
"Ian's my vice-captain, he's a good talker in the dressing room and out on the pitch and goes about his business without giving you any bother.
"Hopefully we're getting closer to reaching an agreement although these things take time. Ian is one of the players who realises the demands and the expectations placed on you at this club.
"There's a lot going on for him now in terms of the team and his personal life because his wife is due their first baby soon. But he's always the same.
"I've been delighted with the contribution he's made on and off the park and I'd love to keep him here for the long term."
Hughes is keen to add to his defence this month with Sol Bamba departing for the African Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast although Falkirk captain Darren Barr is thought to have rejected an approach from the former Bairns boss.