Mowbray hopeful over Riordan
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hibernian boss Tony Mowbray is not giving up hope of keeping Derek Riordan.Hibernian boss Tony Mowbray is not giving up hope of keeping Derek Riordan.
The young striker seemed set to leave Easter Road after being put up for sale after turning down a new deal.
Riordan's current deal expires next October when he could leave the club for nothing.
Mowbray insists the contract offer is still on the table and that he hopes to persuade Riordan to stay.
"I will never give up on it," said Mowbray. "I can only do what I can do.
"He knows the offer is on the table and I don't think anything changes with that situation. He's just got to come back to the table and show willingness."
Mowbray has been openly critical of Riordan, but he insists it has been for his own good.
"I've been telling him for 16 months rather than two weeks but maybe more publicly for two weeks," added Mowbray.
"Every footballer has got negatives and positives to their game and Derek's positives over the past 16 months far outweigh the negatives.
"The fact that he got the Young Player of the Year award in Scotland and scored 23 goals shows that.
"But Derek has got to work on things in his game like any other footballer which has been highlighted in the past few weeks. I hope the message is getting home.
"It only came to a head because of his personal and contractual situation."