Hibernian and Derek Riordan plan summer contract talks

Hibernian striker Derek Riordan
Riordan is free to talk to other clubs at the moment

Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood will wait until the summer before discussing a new deal with Derek Riordan.

The striker, the club's top scorer this term, is one of 14 players out of contract at the end of the current campaign.

"We're going to get to the end of the season and sit down and thrash it out," said Calderwood.

"We're both happy to clear the games out of the road. Nothing will happen between now and then."

Riordan, in his second spell at Easter Road, returned to Hibs in August 2008 after enduring a frustrating two seasons at Celtic.

This season, the 28-year-old, who has also earned three Scotland caps, has scored 10 times.

Meanwhile, Calderwood expects to make an announcement shortly about the other players whose contracts are due to exipre in June.

And he anticipates the squad will be be trimmed down for the coming league campaign.

"We've got too many players on the books at the minute, so we will reduce the numbers in terms of our first-team squad, definitely," said the Hibs boss.

"Ideally, we'd be looking at a squad of around about 20."

And he added that he also expects players to face up to the reality of deals of just 12 months in length.

"With the number of changes in management, I think it's prudent of clubs to have shorter-term contracts," stressed Calderwood.

"More or less, players favour them as well because it gives them a certain amount of freedom."

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