Martin Boyle: Hibernian includes buyout clause in Al-Faisaly deal | Soccer News
Hibernian included a buyout clause as part of the deal to sell Martin Boyle to Al-Faisaly.
As part of the deal, the Saudi club must inform Hibs if they intend to sell Boyle to another British team.
The financial terms of the offer received for the Australia international are expected to be disclosed to the Premiership side, who would then decide whether to match the offer or let Boyle move to another club.
The 28-year-old’s move came after a third bid from Al-Faisaly worth around £2.5million plus add-ons after bids of £500,000 were rejected in December and then £2million earlier this month.
Boyle, who was in the stands for Thursday’s Scottish Cup win over Cove Rangers, leaves behind his wife and daughter as he heads to the Middle East in a life-changing move in a financial context.
In an interview with Hibs TV, he said: “I hope in the future I can come back one day and pay them back one more time. It’s a new adventure for me. I’m definitely looking forward to it. But I hope that if I come back I still have a lot to give.
“If I’m welcomed with open arms, there’s no club in Scotland I’d rather be at. You see a lot of players leaving and coming back these days, so if there’s anything in the pipeline, it’s That’s one I definitely wouldn’t turn up your nose.”
Hibernian CEO Ben Kensell added: “We would like to begin by thanking Martin Boyle for all he has done for Hibernian FC over the past seven years. He has created some truly special memories with us and has everything for the supporters.
“Letting Martin go was a tough decision because he’s an important player for us, but also when a player is presented with a life-changing option that makes it clear that it’s an option they would like to take, then we have to listen.
“Discussions have been ongoing for a long time with Martin, and he understood our position. We took a firm but fair approach and he behaved incredibly well during what was a difficult time for him, and we support him. thank you.
“We wish him the best for the future, and he will always be welcome at Hibernian FC.”
The Hibs have been busy in the January window, adding Ewan Henderson, Elias Melkersen, Rocky Bushiri and Harry Clarke to their squad, along with Chris Mueller, who agreed to a pre-contract last summer.
What have the Hibs lost?
When Shaun Maloney said sky sports last week Boyle had been one of the best players in the Scottish Premiership this season, it was hard to argue.
The striker had attracted interest from several clubs following his impressive performances over the past 12 or so months.
Why? Well, Boyle is bringing in goals and his electric pace is giving defenders problems. His departure will be felt not only by the fans but also by his teammates.
Kevin Nisbet and Christian Doidge have thrived on his serve and ability to create chances.
Not only that, the 28-year-old is versatile. He played wide or down the middle and was unlike any other player on the Hibs team.
While he was Hibernian’s go-to impact player a few years ago, this season he was seen as their talisman.
Maloney said the club would “adapt” if Boyle left. It remains to be seen how the Easter Road side will do just that.
Fans will be disappointed to see him go but no one will be able to question his performance. Boyle leaves after 265 appearances and 63 goals during seven and a half years at Hibernian.