Hibernian: Wolves to retain striker Leigh Griffiths for further year

 

Wolves have confirmed striker Leigh Griffiths will be staying with the English club for a further 12 months.

Griffiths has impressed during his loan spell at Hibs, scoring 28 goals and earning three separate awards.

Wolves, who have been relegated from the Championship, have taken up their option to retain Griffiths.

One-year options on several players have been activated

Kevin Thelwell Wolves head of football development

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon said last week it would be "very difficult" to replace the in-form striker.

The striker netted his 100th career goal in a 2-1 Edinburgh derby win over Hearts at Tynecastle.

Griffiths has been named the players' young player of the year, Clydesdale Bank player of year, and Scottish football writers player of the year following an impressive season at Easter Road.

Fenlon believes Griffiths's future will not be clarified until Wolves appoint a new manager following Dean Saunders's sacking.

The English club's Head of Football Development and Recruitment Kevin Thelwell explained: "Whilst we continue our search for a new Head Coach, one-year options on several players have been activated. This is normal practice in this situation.  

"However, with regard to the overall first-team picture it is anticipated that there will be significant changes to the existing squad this summer.

"Talks with many of our senior contracted players will take place to discuss their futures.

"Certain players will be encouraged to find new clubs, while, inevitably, some will be sold with our best wishes and others retained. We will also looking to sign new players."