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Fenlon!!! Fenlon!!! Fenlon!!!
Published : 03 Feb 2012 11:25:04
Eight new players to work with for Pat Fenlon but will his new look squad make a difference when it comes to winning games? Only time will tell.
Hibs manager Pat Fenlon has described his signing of Jorge Claros as "a bit of luck". Fenlon signed eight players during the winter transfer window, including Claros, who had been on trial at Rangers. Fenlon was able to made a move for the Honduran, signing him on loan from Motagua, after Hibs' 4-0 thrashing at Ibrox last weekend. This meant that Hibs are still a point above Dunfermline at the foot of the SPL. Claros was one of four players signed by Fenlon on the final day of the window, with free agent Pa Saikou Kujabi and loan duo Roy O'Donovan and Matt Doherty also moving to Easter Road.
Asked when he heard Claros was available, Fenlon said: "At about 6.20pm on the bus coming out of Ibrox. I got a phone call. I consider it a bit of luck. It's different circumstances, in fairness to Rangers and us. In the long run we probably couldn't afford him either - they're talking about £800,000 for a transfer fee, so we know we couldn't afford him. It suited us and it suited him. It obviously didn't suit Rangers. It's a good marriage at the moment for us. He can come in and play, get a bit of experience in our league and maybe try to get himself onto better things, because he's obviously capable of doing that. From our point of view it gives us a player that we've been looking for in that position for a while. We lost out on one or two in that area and then he came along. We're happy with what we've brought in. We're second last in the league and it would've been easy to turn it down if they were that type of player. I'm delighted that they've come in and they're willing to get into the scrap with us. We've got some in that have come to prove a point." Due to delays over international paperwork, Claros is unavailable for tomorrow's Scottish Cup fifth round game against Kilmarnock, but should be free to play against Aberdeen in the SPL next week. The last time Hibs won the Scottish Cup was 110 years ago, but Fenlon is concerned only about winning a game after two wins in 10 attempts since he was appointed manager in November. He said: "We're looking to win football matches. If that brings with it getting into the next round of the cup, great. A league game with three more points would be preferable, but that's the way it is. We're living in the short term. We need to make sure we stay in this league."