Jordon Forster is close to agreeing a new contract with Hibs after positive talks with new head coach Neil Lennon, the Evening News can reveal.
The 22-year-old centre-back had fallen out of favour under Alan Stubbs and was subsequently loaned to Plymouth Argyle for the second half of the season just finished.
With his contract at Easter Road having expired at the end of the campaign, the defender had resigned himself to the fact he may have kicked his last ball for the club at which he came through the ranks. Although he always had the offer of a new two-year deal on the table, Forster, who is desperate to play regularly, was initially reluctant to pledge his future to Hibs as he was wary of remaining behind Paul Hanlon, Darren McGregor and Liam Fontaine in the pecking order. Forster had other options on the table, but the managerial change at Easter Road appears to have altered the landscape significantly.
The defender’s holiday was interrupted on Thursday by a phone call from Lennon in which the new head coach explained that he viewed him as a big part of his plans as he bids to take Hibs back into the Premiership. Forster has been buoyed by the nature of the talks and is expected to sign a two-year deal when he returns to Scotland from his sunshine break.
The defender has made 52 appearances for Hibs since being handed his debut by Pat Fenlon three years ago, although his game time has been significantly restricted by injury problems over the last two seasons. Forster made 13 appearances during his loan stint at Plymouth, with the last of those coming in the League Two play-off final defeat by Wimbledon 12 days ago.