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Griffiths wants to stay at Hibernian

Despite having his contract extended by 12 months at Molinuex, striker Leigh Griffiths has made it clear that he does not want to be at Wolves next season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers only handed Griffiths a 12-month extension to remain at Molineux over the past few days.

The 22-year-old striker has impressed many since his loan move to Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League.

He's won the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year this season and has scored 28 goals in 42 appearances this season and still has the Scottish FA Cup final against Celtic to play.

Griffiths was set to be out-of-contract at Molinuex at the end of the season, however Wolves have had a one year option on the forward and former boss Dean Saunders had previously implied that he intended to take it.

Despite Saunders sacking and Griffiths apparent lack of desire to stay with Wolves the extension was automatically put in place.

"I`m trying everything I can to stay [with Hibs]. I`ve spoken to the manager and he wants me to stay but I just need to bide my time.' the forward told STV Sport.

He continued: "You never know. If Hibs put an offer in and Wolves accept it then I`ll be the happiest man in the world.

"People know I love playing for the club and there will be none happier than me if I`m pulling on the green and white next season.

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 21 2013

Time: 10:11AM

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I've forgotten how many times he's made it this clear that he doesn't want to play for us. Taking up the option on his contract was a pretty simple decision to make and wouldn't have been made by a manager/coach. Dean Saunders would have had no say in whether he was made a free agent and therefore not subject to a transfer fee.That was a commercial decision- and possibly the easiest that JM will ever have to make. So, we've got a player that has reiterated his desire to stay in Scotland,has created his own value by having such a prolific season and is under contract to us.We should be expecting an offer from Hibs (must be in the 3-5million range, at least) some time soon then. Ah, that would appear to be the stumbling block, wouldn't it. If Hibs want to sign him and he wants to go, then where's the offer? Seems to me Hibs literally want him for nowt. They can forget all about another year-long loan,they either make a sensible bid for him, or he's going to have to be here until they, or others, do.
WonderingWolf
Tell Hibs to pay 5million or SHUT UP! it's about time we showed these twopenny halfpenny clubs who we are! as for Griffiths tell him to get his backside back here and stop moaning or he trains with the Academy kids. Thats the problem wondering wolf they can't afford to buy him!
johnwolf
Naturally, I want to see a fit, committed Griffiths playing for us next season as he will undoubtedly score a barrowload of goals in Division 1. It could ensure our promotion. However, I worry that his heart won't be in it and he will make even less effort than many of our players did this year. In a sense I couldn't blame him if he were to take a negative stance because we ignored him while he was in the squad. And that was down to MM's inability to recognise his talent. Then, SS and DS compounded the problem by not calling him back from Hibs or even giving him a chance to prove himself at WW. It's not that they were unaware of his performances in Scotland by then. DS's decision not to insert a call-back clause in the January loan deal was sheer stupidity. Who knows what might have happened had we had Griffiths in our squad even for the last 3-4 months of the season. And, I regularly pointed out his goal-scoring prowess on this site so the management cannot complain that they weren't told. I hope Griffiths acts like a professional and plays to the best of his ability. Apart from the goals and the points, his presence would attract more people to the ground.
Southbank60
I can see this becoming quite messy, Southbank60. One thing would appear clear:Hibs are skint and are unable to make an offer for him that would come close to the market value (albeit in Scotland) of a player who is honing in on 30 goals for the season, the winner of the SYP Award, and who has been named in the Scotland squad. The cruel thing from Hibs point of view is that Griffiths value has rocketed purely as a result of his performances for them... not us. He was pretty much worthless as a bench-warmer (at best) for Wolves and Hibs could argue that they are responsible for his development. Ho, hum. Tough! He's made public that he wants to stay in Scotland but that doesn't necessarily mean that other clubs up there aren't interested in him. If Celtic are said to be interested in the non-prolific Doyle then surely they'll have at least decided whether or not LG would be worth a punt of a few million quid or so. When Griffiths says:"... but I just need to bide my time", I worry that this may well include him showing a complete lack of effort, as you said, should he be 'forced' to come back to us. #cantbebothered was his Tweet prior to reporting in to Stale for last years pre-season and there's no reason to suggest he won't pull something similar again.
WonderingWolf
I take your point, Wondering Wolf, but his petulant tweet was prompted by SS's complete lack of interest in him. Given that he had already proved his worth at Hibs, surely SS should have made a greater effort to assess his ability? Had he done so, we might not be in the shocking position we find ourselves in.
Southbank60
He clearly does not want to play for us, he is a self confessed Hibs fan etc. What I don't understand is that Hibs are saying they may need to look elsewhere, why when he scores so many goals? playing mind games I think, trying to get LG to force the issue. I don't want anybody here who doesn't want to be.
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