Heffernan 'was a happy surprise'

  • Last Updated: September 12 2013, 16:55 BST

Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon claims the addition of Paul Heffernan just before the end of the transfer window was a pleasant surprise he was not expecting.

Paul Heffernan: Welcomed with open arms at Hibernian
Paul Heffernan: Welcomed with open arms at Hibernian

The Easter Road boss lured the former Kilmarnock striker to Edinburgh just a day before the deadline passed.

The move came only a matter of hours after he had stated he did not expect to welcome a second late arrival after securing 21-year-old French winger Abdellah Zoubir on loan from FC Istres for the rest of the season.

But the Irishman insists he had no idea Killie planned to release his 31-year-old countryman on a free transfer despite the fact he had scored 27 goals in 61 appearances during two seasons at Rugby Park.

And with the former Doncaster and Sheffield Wednesday man up for grabs, he made sure he was first in with an offer.

Fenlon told Press Association Sport: "The day before the window closed I spoke to the press and said that I didn't think we would bring in any more after Zoubi.

"But strange things happen when it gets to the last day of a transfer window and we were delighted to get Paul.

"He became available and we acted straight away to sign him up."

The two players have already linked up to good effective during a behind-closed-doors match with Rangers.

The Murray Park kickabout saw Zoubir score twice before Heffernan added a third in a 3-1 win against an Ibrox XI which included David Templeton, Dean Shiels, Jon Daly and Nicky Law.

And Fenlon has high hopes for the duo ahead of Saturday's Scottish Premiership meeting with St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

He said: "Paul and Zoubi are two good players. Paul's record in the league up here and down south is very good and as a goalscorer he is intelligent.

"Zoubi will be different to what we have and the supporters will like him. He's worked hard this week and it gives us a different option."

Fenlon also hopes to see Heffernan help bring on the next generation of Leith forwards.

"We didn't just bring Paul here for his scoring record," he said. "We also liked some of the other things he brings. His experience is invaluable.

"He can be a help to the likes of Danny Handling and Ross Caldwell and even the younger lads in our Under-20s team. They are good young players and he being a good older pro will only help them along."


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