Hibs boss Neil Lennon hails Brian Graham arrival and sets sights on ex-Motherwell man Tom Hateley



NEIL Lennon has praised Brian Graham’s attitude after his latest signing opted to step down to the Championship to join Hibernian.

Lennon was yesterday expected to hold talks with former Motherwell full-back Tom Hateley as he continues to revamp the squad he inherited from predecessor Alan Stubbs in the summer.

Hateley is a free agent after this summer turning down a new deal at Polish side Slask Wroclaw, where he moved in January 2014 following a spell with Tranmere Rovers.

(Pic: Alasdair Middleton)
Graham in action for Morton earlier in his career (Pic: Alasdair Middleton)

Lennon is known to be keen on cover for skipper David Gray at right-back, whilst the 26-year-old would also offer options in midfield.

It is understood, with teams north and south of the border also showing an interest, Hateley is keen to take his time to make sure he makes the right next move in his career.

Should he sign, Hateley will become Lennon’s fifth new recruit following the capture of keeper Ofir Marciano, attacker Andrew Shinnie and strikers Grant Holt and Brian Graham.

And Graham, who left Ross County to pen a two-year deal on Saturday morning before making his debut hours later in the 2-0 victory over St Mirren, has been tipped for success by Lennon.

He said: “Very much like Grant (Holt), Brian will bring a physical presence. I think he is very good at attacking crosses, gets across people, and technically he’s okay.

“His work-rate is excellent and his goal-scoring record is very good.

“And he wanted to come here, so he’s actually made the step down, and that speaks volumes for his attitude of wanting to do well here.”

Lennon added to Hibs TV: “He’s only been in the door briefly but there’s plenty to come from both (him and Shinnie), because Shinnie is class, he’s a quality player at this level.”