Hibernian are pleased to confirm the loan stays of Scotland striker Leigh Griffiths and Northern Ireland defender Ryan McGivern have been extended until the end of the season.

Both Leigh and Ryan will be available to feature in Saturday's home match against Dundee (19 January, kick off 3pm).

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Griffiths, 22, has contributed 14 goals so far this season after rejoining his local club on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers; earning his first Scotland cap in the process.

McGivern, 23, has recorded 14 appearances since moving to Easter Road from Manchester City and has become a virtual ever present in the starting line-up.

Manager Pat Fenlon welcomed the news and believes both players will have key roles to play at Hibernian between now and the end of the campaign.

Fenlon said: "We are delighted to be able to keep both players until the end of the season.

"Both Leigh and Ryan have made massive contributions to the team and have been good for us.

"We've already said that we would do everything we could to keep them at Hibernian and fortunately all that hard work has come to fruition.

"This news gives everybody connected to the club a boost as we return after the winter break for Saturday's home game against Dundee."

Griffiths says he is thrilled to be staying with Hibernian and says he wants to repay the club for extending his loan by scoring as many goals as possible.

Griffiths said: "This season has been the most enjoyable of my career so far and I'm really pleased to be staying at Hibs.


"I've been playing for the team I support and scoring goals to help the club challenge near the top of the table.

"Now the loan deal has been extended I can focus on my football and repay the club and the manager for continuing to show their faith in me."

McGivern says his loan stay with Hibernian has been immeasurably beneficial and was pleased it has been extended until the end of May.

McGivern said: "Ever since I moved here to Hibs, I've felt part of the club and I'm really pleased to be able to stay here until the end of the season.

"I've been playing regular first team football which was my main aim and I believe I've learned a huge amount since August.


"The fans have been brilliant towards me and now I want to help the team build on our encouraging start to the season."

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Sean Murdoch has extended his contract until the end of the season.

The former Hamilton Academical and Accrington Stanley player signed for Hibernian in October and has been a regular on the substitutes' bench.

Fenlon says that, even though Murdoch hasn't yet made his first team debut, he has been a positive influence within the squad.

Fenlon said: "This was another deal we were keen to tie up and Sean has been a good professional around the club.


"He has been on the bench and made a positive contribution in training sessions. We're pleased he will continue to provide experienced cover for Ben Williams."

Hibernian can also confirm the club is in dialogue with Jorge Claros' parent club, Motagua about extending the Honduras internationalist's loan stay at Easter Road.

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