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FOOTBALL: Doumbe follows old boss.

Byline: ROBERT MARTIN

HIBS were last night left reeling after former boss Bobby Williamson snapped up Mathias Doumbe on a free transfer.

And managing director Rod Petrie expressed his disappointment after revealing the player had told the club he was willing to continue contract negotiations.

Doumbe signed a pre-contract agreement with First Division side Plymouth yesterday, and will complete the move next month.

The 24-year-old former Paris Saint Germain star last week turned down the offer of a new three-year deal which would have made him one of Hibs' highest wage earners.

Petrie said: "We understood he and his agent were not going to go anywhere else until they had further talks with us and that's disappointing."

Doumbe admitted he would be sorry to leave Easter Road.

He said "I have decided to join Plymouth but of course I will be sad to leave Hibs.

"I always wanted to keep my options open and that is why I decided not to sign the deal offered to me by Mr Rod Petrie."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 21, 2004
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