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Patience Is A Virtue
Doyle is used to being left waiting for contracts discussions
Eoin Doyle is not thinking about any new deal as he is concentrating on doing the business on the pitch. The eight-goal former League of Ireland striker has rewarded his club for their patience as he settled in Scotland following his arrival 18 months ago. Doyle has found the ideal partner in Leigh Griffiths which is paying off for the Easter Road side. However, Doyle has still waiting to hear if he will be offered a new contact when his current deal is up in the summer. He said: "I'm not worrying about that at the minute. All I'm doing is concentrating on my football. Everything else will look after itself in due course. It doesn't play on my mind at all. When I played in Ireland, all I was given was one-year contracts. In fact, they were 36-week contracts, so it was tough times in the off-season. I'm used to this situation and it doesn't concern me. I'll just get on with things and wait and see how it goes." Doyle was headhunted by Hibs manager Pat Fenlon last January after he left Sligo Rovers. Only managing to contribute three goals in the second half of last season suggested Doyle was struggling to adapt to life in new surroundings. However, backing from his manager and an increased workload appears to have turned things around. He said: "I've found my feet this year, I'd say. The manager has stuck by me and things have paid off for me. I make sure I put in plenty of workrate as well and come off the pitch with nothing left in the tank. So far it's working. I've got eight goals this season. Maybe I thought I would have had a few more by now but every striker thinks that. I'm happy enough and hopefully the goals will keep coming along for me. I've got a good partnership going with Leigh. His form has been great and he's been a big asset for us. It's great to have him tied down for the rest of the campaign. We always seem to do well together and we just seem to bounce off one another a fair bit, so yeah, I'm enjoying it. There was talk about him maybe leaving and with his form, you expect people to be interested. But the club have worked hard to get the deal done and fair play to them, because he's an important player for us." Aberdeen is the venue for Sunday's game and Doyle and Griffiths can expect to see their names on the team-sheet as Hibs hope to protect a two-point lead over their weekend opponents. Hibs are currently fourth in the SPL, inside the qualifying places for the Europa League, but the Dons have secured wins in both meetings between the sides this season. Irishman Doyle, however, believes that had it not been for the excellence of Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield - who has been prone to the odd mistake this season - when the sides last met in November, the scores would be level. He said: "Aberdeen are difficult opponents and have beaten us twice this season. The last game at Easter Road, I don't think we deserved to lose. So I'd say we owe ourselves a performance up there. I wouldn't say we have revenge in mind this Sunday, but it was tough coming off the pitch having lost. We couldn't believe it. We had plenty of chances to win it and their keeper was great on the day. Hopefully, we can put them away this time - or he has a bad game."
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