Hibs star Jake Doyle-Hayes has taken aim at his former St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin and claimed he misled the Buddies fans over the prospect of JDH signing a new deal with the Saints.

Doyle-Hayes left St Mirren over the summer to make the switch to Easter Road, making a solid start to life at Hibs, and insists he was “never close” to renewing his contract at the SMISA Stadium before it ran out at the end of last season.

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Jake Doyle-Hayes after he signed for Hibs. (Photo by Hibernian FC)

“St Mirren had offered me a deal before Christmas last year,” Doyle-Hayes said [Down the Slope podcast]

“I sat down with my agent and we decided we weren’t going to sign anything there and then.

“The manager knew that, but I felt he was telling the fans I was close to signing a new deal when I never really was.

“The fans were obviously going off what he was saying, and I think they thought I left as soon as Hibs were interested.

“But I was never close to signing a new deal.

“There was interest from other teams, but then I got a call from Jack Ross and I didn’t really have any other thought in my head to be honest. I was asking when I could come in.

“It was a no-brainer. It’s a great place to be and I’m delighted to be here and I think I’ve settled in quite well.”

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