New deal for Hibs starlet
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Teenage striker Dean Shiels has been offered a new five-year contract by Hibernian.Teenage striker Dean Shiels has been offered a new five-year contract by Hibernian.
The Northern Ireland Under-21 international has created a huge impression on Hibs boss Tony Mowbray since his move from Arsenal last summer.
Shiels has scored four goals for the SPL side but his all-round displays have prompted the new terms for the 19-year-old.
He initially signed a three-year contract with the capital club and is pleased to have been offered a more long-term deal.
"I'm delighted that my progress is being recognised by the club," said Shiels. "I've enjoyed the move here."
Meanwhile, Mowbray has done an about-turn and admitted he may strengthen his squad before the close of the transfer window.
Mowbray had been reluctant to add to his numbers but Stephen Dobbie's loan switch to St Johnstone has created space in his squad.
The Hibs chief is now assessing his options after acknowledging there is the possibility of him bringing in some cover for his squad.
"We have been working hard on one or two things that have come to a bit of a dead end," said Mowbray.
"There's a possibility we might do something in the next day or so but it won't be a major signing."