Murray is everything I want for Hibs, says John Hughes
Hibernian manager keen to agree new deal with vice-captain.
John Hughes has spoken of his determination to secure the long-term future of Ian Murray. The Hibs vice-captain is out of contract at the end of the season and manager Hughes is desperate to keep hold of one of his most experienced players.
Murray is now free to talk to other clubs and progress on agreeing an extension to his Easter Road deal has been slow. However, the Hibs boss underlined just how important it was to him to hold on to the impressive full-back.
"Ian Murray is one that I'm hoping we can all put to bed,” Hughes said.
"He's everything I want at the club, he's had a right good season so hopefully something will happen.
"But football's football and everyone is entitled to do what they want. We're entitled to look somewhere and they are as well.
"I'd like to think he will be staying with us and he will sign his contract."
Murray is currently enjoying his second spell in Edinburgh after ultimately unsuccessful spells at Rangers and Norwich. The 28-year old rejoined Hibs in January 2008 and has become a regular fixture in the first team.
After coming through the youth ranks and playing over 130 times for Hibs early in his career, Murray moved to Ibrox on a free transfer in 2005. However, injury blighted the player’s spell at Rangers and he was diagnosed as suffering from reactive arthritis.
Murray moved from Rangers to Norwich in the summer of 2007 but again injury and illness hampered his progress. The ex-Scotland under-21 captain featured only nine times for the Canaries. After just 18 months at Carrow Road, John Collins made a bid to take the player back to Hibernian and landed Murray on a short-term contract.
After making 15 appearances in green and white in the second half of the season, Murray put pen to paper on a two year deal that is due to expire this summer. In that time he has played under three managers, appearing for Collins, Mixu Paatelainen and current boss John Hughes.