Hibs to farm out Sam Stanton on a loan

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Hibs manager Alan Stubbs has made playmaker Sam Stanton available for a loan move away from Easter Road next season.

The 21-year-old only made eight starts from 22 appearances in the Championship last term and is likely to find it difficult to win a regular first-team place in the coming campaign.

Stanton has been linked with a move to Dundee as part of the deal that will take Martin Boyle in the opposite direction but it is understood that, as yet, nothing has been agreed.

After making his competitive debut as a substitute against Rangers in January 2012, Stanton became a regular during the 2013/14 campaign under Pat Fenlon and then Terry Butcher. His performances were a rare positive during a campaign that ended in relegation.

Stanton signed a new four-year deal in April 2014 and was described by Butcher as ‘a player with an incredibly bright future’. But the Scotland Under-21 cap struggled last season. Stanton’s future is likely to become clearer when Hibs return to pre-season training next Wednesday. Speaking about his preparations, Stubbs, who has signed forwards James Keatings and Danny Carmichael, said: “We’re back on the 24 and 25th of June for testing and then they’ll have a couple of days rest before we start pre-season.”