Liam Fontaine might have wondered what he’d let himself in for as he made his Hibs debut barely five hours after getting final clearance to pull on a green shirt.
Two goals down with just 12 minutes to play and a surprise League Cup exit promised to make it a night the big defender would rather forget.
However, a memorable fight-back against Dumbarton left Fontaine smiling and convinced he’s made the right move after his eight-year association with Bristol City came to an end.
The 28-year-old revealed he’d first heard of Hibs interest a few weeks ago, but was forced to be patient as head coach Alan Stubbs tried to free up a place for him, the opening arising as veteran defender Michael Nelson clinched a deal with Cambridge United.
Now Fontaine is looking to bring the experience he gained in making almost 300 appearances for the Robins to bear at Easter Road. He said: “I’d spent the summer looking for the right move, there’s a lot of players as free agents finding it hard to get that.
“Hibs’ interest caught my attention, I know they are a big club in Scotland – I’d watched what had happened at the end of last season and couldn’t believe they were relegated. I also played alongside Ivan Sproule in Bristol, he’s a passionate little character and he told me he really enjoyed his time here.
“It’s a young squad, but you can see they play entertaining football. It would have been easy for them to get frustrated going two down to Dumbarton, but they continued trying to do the right things and they’ll have taken a massive confidence boost from winning.
“I also think they have the right manager in place. He’s played at the highest level and with him being a centre-back himself hopefully I can continue to learn under him.
“I’m quite experienced, I played at Championship level in England. I only arrived in Edinburgh on Sunday, got the international clearance to play on Tuesday afternoon, but once I get settled in and get to know the boys I can definitely be an experienced head in the dressing-room and help us get through games.”