Kyle Magennis says he couldn’t resists the lure of Hibs as the Scotland U21s international completes a long-term switch from St Mirren.

Jim Goodwin made the midfielder his Buddies captain at the start of the campaign, despite missing most of this year with a knee injury. The Paisley manager was adamant that he wanted to keep his midfielder.

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Goodwin wanted him to stay. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But a bid was reluctantly accepted as Magennis made it clear he wanted to take on the Hibs challenge. He was in attendance as Hibs beat Hamilton 3-2 on Friday and the midfielder says the move excites him.

“I’m really happy to be a Hibernian player, it’s a proud moment for me and my family,” said Magennis. “Everyone knows what St Mirren means to me as a club – in terms of giving me an opportunity to begin with and my overall development – but this was a challenge that excited me and that I really wanted to take on.

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“I know what the gaffer and the coaching staff expect, and they know how to get the best out of me.

“The team has enjoyed a great start to the new season, and I want to play my part to see how far we can take it. It’s an exciting time to be joining the club.”

New manager Jack Ross is delighted to be linking up with the player he handed a senior debut to whilst he was also at St Mirren. Getting him down on a five-year deal, Ross says the best is yet to come from Magennis.

“Kyle is someone who impressed me from the first time I worked with him and he’s progressed really well since I gave him his debut,” said Ross. “If there is a profile of the kind of player we are looking to bring to the club to add to the group then Kyle fits it.

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Kyle  Magennis is a Hibee. (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

“He is young, hungry, can play in a number of positions and has plenty room for improvement. Importantly, he is someone who wants to improve. On top of that, he’s someone who has shown leadership qualities from an early age. You can never have too many of those types.”

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