Chris Dagnall lured to Hibs by chance of silverware

Chris Dagnall

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Chris Dagnall has revealed he turned his back on a return to English football for a tilt at winning promotion – and perhaps even a cup – with Hibs.

Chris Dagnall has revealed he turned his back on a return to English football for a tilt at winning promotion – and perhaps even a cup – with Hibs.

The striker was being chased by a number of clubs down south as his contract with Indian Super League outfit Kerala Blasters drew to a close, but Easter Road head coach Alan Stubbs persuaded him to commit to coming to Edinburgh until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old’s debut in green and white was delayed, a vital piece of paperwork failing to arrive on time to enable him to face Raith Rovers last weekend, but now he’s itching to get his Hibs career underway as Stubbs’ players take on the Fife club in the Scottish Cup this afternoon.

A travelling army of more than 3300 Hibs fans will cross the forth after the Capital club sold out their initial allocation and then a further supply and, well aware of his new team’s record in the competition and also the fact they are in the semi-finals of the League Cup, Dagnall admitted he’d love a bit of cup glory.

Dagnall, who played with Hibs midfielder Marvin Bartley at Leyton Orient last season, said: “I had League One clubs interested in me. It’s a good league but I’ve been in teams that have been struggling and I saw Hibs were near the top and I fancied being involved in a battle for promotion. Why not?

“I spoke to big Marv before I came here and he only had good things to say about Hibs. I hadn’t met the manager before but people I know who worked with him at Everton in the past speak very highly of him. They say he’s got a very good sense of humour.”

Dagnall’s best cup memory was playing for Barnsley against Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at the Etihad three years ago even if the Tykes were hammered 5-0.

He said: “It was a good experience. I remember chasing big Yaya Toure around. They had a full strength team out and it was an experience. Carlos Tevez grabbed a hat-trick, David Silva scored and so did Kolarov. It was a joy watching them play.

“I’ve been told a few times about Hibs’ cup record since I’ve been here. They are desperate to win it. We are in the semi-finals of the League Cup so hopefully we can win one of them this season.”

• Hibs midfielder Sam Stanton has joined Championship rivals Livingston until the end of the season having been unable to command a regular first-team place at Easter Road, the last of his six appearances being as a substitute against Queen of the South three months ago.