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Fenlon escapes to Dublin to do final groundwork

PAT Fenlon is bringing Hibs to Dublin to prepare for Saturday week's Scottish Cup Final with Hearts.

On Sunday, the former Bohemians boss will bring his squad to Dublin for four days preparations at Portmarnock.

Next weekend, for once, Glasgow will be put in the shade as the Scottish football focus sets on the capital with Fenlon anxious to get away from the city to prepare for a match that could grant him legendary status.

"We'll be based in Portmarnock and train at Tolka Rovers' ground, not far from where I was brought up," the Hibs boss explained. "It's where I started my career and the facilities are first class.

"With all the stuff that goes with this game, it will be nice to just get them away. I don't know if I'll get home. This is all business, it's about avoiding distractions and working on what needs to be worked on."

The run to the Scottish Cup Final has been a pleasant and lucrative distraction for Fenlon against the backdrop of a relegation battle.

Monday's 4-0 win over Dunfermline secured the club's SPL future with a lot of hard work ahead during the close season to put the club into a healthier position.

Hibs currently have eight players in on loan with some hard negotiating coming up straight after the Hampden clash with Hearts.

Contracts

Fenlon admitted: "There's a few in there that have come in and done really well and we'd love to tie down, but they're at clubs and most of them have contracts left.

"It's a matter of getting down to the nitty gritty and talking to people.

"Over the next couple of weeks we're going to have to do that. People need to know where they stand.

"We need to strengthen the squad. We've got some very, very good players here and if we can add more quality and experience, I think that will help everyone.

"We have a number that we think we require and that will mean people leaving the club.

"We have a massive game coming up that we need to stay focused on so until that's out of the way we'll park all that."


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