For players that are into there 30s, it would seem silly to hand any sort of long-term deals to those getting into the twilight years of their careers. When Hibs announced Scottish Cup winners David Gray and Darren McGregor had been given new deals, it made people questions why they were both given four year extensions.
They have both had injury troubles over the past few seasons. Even in the early stages of this season some questioned whether the duo were coming to the end of their time at Easter Road.
On the face of things this doesn’t seem to make much sense, but this is an excellent bit of business by Hibs. Both players are two of the most committed players at the club, both willing to do anything for Paul Heckingbottom’s side.
For all they have achieved, and what they can bring to the table, extensions for Gray and McGregor are just rewards.
Gray and McGregor will contribute on and off the park
These two are still first team players first of all. The game against Celtic proved that. McGregor back pocketed Odsonne Edouard at Easter Road, coming out on top in most duels. He was wanting the ball more than his French counterpart, winning it back for his side at any opportunity.
Gray too was influential. It was a great performance from the Hibees leader. Former boss Neil Lennon put James Forrest out on the left to try and beat the Scotsman. Forrest struggled to get by the veteran full-back.
Both players are perhaps unable to complete a full card of 38 league games on top of cup competitions. For the games they play though, Gray and McGregor will put it all on the line.
Even when it’s time for them to retire, their experience in the building will be vital. They have done lots of great things for the Easter Road side. Gray and McGregor will be able to point youngsters in the right direction with their experience in Leith.
Whether it be as a coach or as an ambassador, having club legends like Gray and McGregor around the club is vital. That way the club can continue to benefit from their services and their experience, even when they hang up the boots.
These long-term deals are just what the defensive duo deserve. They get what it means to play for Hibs. Gray and McGregor have played massive parts in Hibs’ modern history. To have them around the club, even after their playing days are done, is vital.
The duo are people you need at the club. The fans love them and they love the fans. Easter Road is home for these two great veterans. It is important they are kept there in some capacity for the long haul.