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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 August 2005, 17:56 GMT 18:56 UK
Hibs delight at Sproule's U-turn
Ivan Sproule in action for Hibs
Sproule scored a hat-trick at Ibrox
Hibs manager Tony Mowbray is pleased that hat-trick hero Ivan Sproule pulled out of a proposed move to Linfield.

The winger had agreed a move back to his native Northern Ireland only to change his mind and score all the goals in Hibs' 3-0 win at Ibrox on Saturday.

"I am delighted that Ivan had a change of heart after all our chats," Mowbray told the Edinburgh Evening News.

"We were never trying to chase Ivan away and any move would only have happened if that's what Ivan wanted."

Sproule arrived at Easter Road from Institute in January for a fee of 5000 and was poised to head for Linfield for double that amount.

"I have to admit I thought the deal was done with Ivan," Linfield manager David Jeffrey told the Scotsman.

"We were his first choice and talks had been ongoing for some time.

"We spoke to the player and he would have been delighted to come and sign for us.

"In fact, I spoke to Tony Mowbray and one of the conditions of the deal was that he didn't get sold on to another SPL club because there were several interested.

"Unfortunately for us, though, Ivan had a change of mind after speaking to Tony Mowbray and decided not to come.

"Of course, after the weekend I expect his transfer value has now gone through the roof."


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