Fenlon excited by Taiwo arrival

Fenlon excited by Taiwo arrival

Published Sep. 14, 2012 1:16 a.m. ET

Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon believes Tom Taiwo will add quality and energy to his side's midfield.

Hibs were on Thursday finalising paperwork on a two-year deal for the 22-year-old, who left Carlisle at the end of last season.

"We felt we were a little bit light in midfield," Fenlon said.

"When Lewis (Stevenson) got injured we went into games with (Gary) Deegan and Jorge (Claros) and nobody on the bench that could play in a central midfield position.


"We wanted to bring in someone in that position, but we also wanted to bring in someone that can improve us. We also want competition within the club.

"We've brought him in to go and play. He's a good player. He's good on the ball. He gets it and he moves things quickly and keeps it simple.

"He has a fantastic attitude and we're delighted to get him in."

Taiwo will not make his debut in Saturday's SPL clash with Kilmarnock.

"He hasn't done loads of training," Fenlon added. "It will probably be a week, 10 days before we consider him to be fit enough to get involved."

Hibs are a team looking upwards after flirting with relegation last season and enter Saturday's game on the back of a four-match unbeaten SPL run which has taken them to third.

Striker Leigh Griffiths has played his part and was on Thursday named the Clydesdale Bank Premier League player of the month for August, when he scored three times.

"Since I've been here Leigh's performances have been very, very good," said Fenlon, who confirmed Griffiths will be fit for the Killie clash despite withdrawing from Scotland Under-21 duty through illness earlier this week.

"He's worked very hard pre-season. I don't think his work-rate is ever in question. We're trying to get his head down a little bit more and concentrating on his football.

"Last week was a big plus for him, because he got called back into the under-21 squad and he got the player of the month."

Meanwhile, winger Danny Galbraith's future could become clearer in the next week after a series of setbacks due to a groin injury saw him given a break from the club's training ground.

Fenlon said: "Danny hasn't been in training. We need to get him right both mentally and physically and see where he is. He's had a lot of knock-backs.

"Hopefully over the next week we should be able to resolve that situation.

"It's important we look after him and when he does get back into playing that he's physically able to do that and mentally as well.

"It's a case of wait and see and see what progress brings."