Hibs have completed the signing of Aston Villa academy graduate Jake Doyle-Hayes on a two-year deal after a dramatic transfer twist.

The midfielder shone at St Mirren last season following time in the Aston Villa academy. He showed why previous loan club Cheltenham Town had him nicknamed ‘the Irish Xavi’ in the first half of his Paisley stint before injuries took their toll in the second.

Jake Doyle-Hayes has signed for Hibs.

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

Doyle-Hayes was in talks with St Mirren over extending his one-year Paisley contract, but then went for a tour at fellow cinch Premiership club Dundee United. Just as it looked like he would sign for Thomas Courts’ side, Hibs swooped in at the final hour to secure his services until 2023.

The former Aston Villa midfielder said: “After speaking to the manager, I was delighted to get this opportunity. I enjoy both sides of the game. I enjoy digging in and defending and helping the back four, but I also like chipping in with a few assists and maybe a couple of goals if I am lucky.”

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