HIBS KID SIGNS NEW DEAL
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hibs lost fleet-footed striker Kenny Miller to Rangers in June 2000 for £2 million, a figure believed by many to be too low. And Sauzee has made sure Riordan will not be able to leave without their consent by securing him for the next five years.
Riordan only made his Hibs debut on December 29, during the 1-1 draw with Edinburgh rivals Hearts, but the 18-year-old`s promise prompted Sauzee to offer him a new deal.
"I am delighted Derek has signed such a deal. He is still a young boy, of course, but he showed in the few minutes he played in the derby that he will be a very good player," said Sauzee (pictured).
Sauzee is well aware of the need to keep potential stars like Riordan and fellow striker Garry O`Connor at Easter Road.
"I don't want to see my young players play one year in the first-team and then go," added Sauzee.
"I want to protect them, to see them doing well with Hibs, playing every game and scoring a lot of goals.
"It's a big step up for both Derek and Garry but their senior career has to start at some point and I've been delighted with the attitude shown by both of them."