Hibs fringe players urged to make most of ‘fresh start’

Jordon Forster has a contract offer
Jordon Forster has a contract offer
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Head of football operations George Craig has urged Hibs’ players to take advantage of a “fresh start” under new head coach Neil Lennon.

Lennon has indicated that young midfielders Sam Stanton and Alex Harris, who spent time out on loan last season at Livingston and Queen of the South respectively, will start with a clean slate as the Easter Road club look to win promotion back to the Premiership.

And central defender Jordon Forster, who spent the second half of last season on loan at English League Two side Plymouth Argyle, has returned for pre-season training with a two-year-deal – offered to the player six months ago – still on the table.

Lennon has signalled he intends to strengthen his squad in certain areas with the capture of an experienced, proven striker a priority with Scottish Cup hero Anthony Stokes, Chris Dagnall and Farid El Alagui having all departed. However, he won’t overlook what’s already at his disposal, including the club’s development squad.

George Craig, Hibs’ head of football operations, told the Evening News: “This could also be a fresh start for some players. There will be some who perhaps have not featured heavily, who’ll be keen to impress the new manager, to have a fresh pair of eyes on them. Potentially, there might even be a new signing already in the building and it’s not as if we need a barrowload of new players.”