Forster offered new Hibs deal despite Plymouth move

Hibs defender Jordon Forster. Pic: John Devlin
Hibs defender Jordon Forster. Pic: John Devlin
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Jordon Forster has been offered a new deal to stay at Easter Road despite being allowed to spend the rest of the season on loan at English League Two side Plymouth Argyle.

Forster travelled south on Sunday having spent the previous afternoon on the bench in the absence of injured captain David Gray as Hibs faced Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup before putting the final touches to his move to Home Park where he’s been reunited with ex-Easter Road assistant manager Derek Adams.

The 22-year-old defender has been unable to force his way into boss Alan Stubbs’ side since suffering a hamstring injury on the opening day of the season, the latest setback in a year to forget in which he broke his foot, needed an emergency appendix operation and then suffered ankle ligament damage.

The arrival of Norwegian defender Niklas Gunnarsson reduced Forster’s chances further and now he’s moved to Plymouth with Stubbs’ blessing, the Hibs head coach saying: “Hopefully, Jordon will get some game time. He’s been very unfortunate with injury. It’s been a bit stop-start for him and it was difficult to stake his claim because of the form of the boys in front of him.

“He’s done nothing wrong, his attitude has been great. Yes, he was frustrated like any other player who is not playing but I cannot fault his attitude. We had a really good relationship and I am sure he will say the same thing. Hopefully, it will work out really well for him.”

Forster is out of contract at the end of the season but a new deal has been offered although it’s not yet clear whether the player will accept it. If he doesn’t and moves on, then Hibs will be entitled to a compensation fee.