Jack Ross reveals the truth behind Hibernian's interest in Sunderland stopper Jon McLaughlin
Jack Ross has confirmed that he isn’t eyeing a raid on former club Sunderland – after his Hibernian side were linked with stopper Jon McLaughlin.
The 32-year-old sees his current contract at the Stadium of Light expire in the summer, and revealed last week that talks are yet to resume over an extension to his terms.
That fueled rumours of a possible January exit, with Hibs touted as a possible destination for the former Hearts ‘keeper.
But Ross has now revealed that he holds no interest in a reunion with McLaughlin – although he did have plenty of praise for the ‘brilliant’ professional.
"There’s nothing in it,” Ross told the Daily Record, when quizzed on the rumours.
“Jon was brilliant for me as a person and player.
"His contract is up at the end of the season but Jon has done really well enough in the last 18 months to ensure he won’t be short of offers and as I have said already our goalkeeping situation should be pretty straight forward.”
McLaughlin was linked with a host of Championship clubs – including local rivals Middlesbrough – over the summer.
And interest is set to mount once more after the stopper confirmed he hasn’t spoken with the Black Cats’ hierarchy over a deal.
“From my side, we have no idea [where the contract talks are at] and we have no control over that,” McLaughlin said.
“At the start of the summer it looked very positive.
“It looked like they really wanted to get something done but it’s gone very quiet very quickly.”