Kyle Magennis transfer latest: Jim Goodwin has say on Hibs interest in St Mirren man

Buddies manager believes it would be a bad move to let player leave

Wednesday, 30th September 2020, 6:45 pm
Kyle Magennis is a target for Hibs - but St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin is desperate to hang on to him
Kyle Magennis is a target for Hibs - but St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin is desperate to hang on to him

St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin has said he is delighted that his board showed “bravery” by rejecting a “substantial” offer from Hibs to sign midfielder Kyle Magennis.

The 22-year-old has missed most of the calendar year with a knee injury but is due to return next month and the Paisley club confirmed they had turned down an offer for him on Monday.

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And in a time when no fans are allowed in grounds due to the coronavirus crisis, with all the financial challenges that entails, Buddies boss Goodwin noted his board's stance.

He hopes St Mirren will continue to stick by it and believes it would be a bad move to let him leave.

Goodwin said: "I've been having conversations with Tony [Fitzpatrick, chief executive] who obviously then relays my conversation back to the board.

"In this difficult time in terms of lack of revenue for all of the clubs, I'm pretty sure the bid that came in was tempting for some of the directors.

"But I think it shows bravery and it sends out a positive message to the supporters and to everybody else that we can knock back those substantial offers if, not only do they not meet the valuation of our player, but also we're not in a position where we have to sell.

"I've had constant dialogue with Magennis and just made him aware of how important a player he is to us, and then how desperate we are to get him back in the team.

"Of course, it's always flattering when a team the size of Hibs shows an interest, but Kyle is just returning from a serious knee injury.

"We have invested a lot of time, money on surgery, and he's been getting the best of physio here with Kevin Bain as well, so we've been working really, really hard to get him back in the squad and back into the starting eleven.

"I think it would be wrong of us at this moment in time to accept any bid for him.”

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