Hibs chief promises Josh Doig transfer money will be plowed back into the team

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Hibs general manager Ben Kensell has promised that the money from the sale of Josh Doig to Hellas Verona will be plowed back into the team.

The left-back yesterday sealed his move to the Italian Serie A side on a four-year deal, with Hibs bringing in £3million in the transfer.

Manager Lee Johnson has previously been linked with Croatian left-back Marijan Cabraja, who plays in his homeland with Dinamo Zagreb, as a replacement for the Scotland Under-21 international.

Doig has signed a four-year contract with the Serie A side (Photo: Twitter – Hellas Verona FC)

And Kensell insists inbound transfer money would be made available to Johnson as he tries to add new faces to his squad.

Kensell said: “I would like to start by thanking Josh for his time at Hibernian FC, he is a great young man with a great future ahead of him.

“Understandably there has been a lot of interest and speculation surrounding him for a long time, but we have always been in a solid and controlled position after he extended his contract with us in November.

“We had good, but endless, conversations with Verona, and it led to a perfect result for us and for Josh.

“We have received what is a very large sum for this football club, money which will be reinvested in the first team.

“It’s a great example of what we want Hibs to be; a club that gives talented young players a platform to shine before they incur substantial fees to reinvest in the club and player squad. This is how we will grow as a football club.

Hibs described the fee as one of the “highest sales figures” the club has received and said the deal included add-ons and a “significant” sale deal.

Manager Johnson, who was unable to work with Doig in competitive play, said: “This deal highlights the great work being done at the academy and shows the way forward for our young players.

“The terms of this agreement made perfect sense for us. Josh is an excellent talent and I am confident he will continue to have a successful future.

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