Sam Stanton has been informed that he is free to leave Hibs on loan if he wishes to get regular game time elsewhere.
After a promising start to his Easter Road career, which helped earn him a four-year deal in 2014, the midfielder fell out of favour under Alan Stubbs over the last two seasons and was farmed out to Livingston for the second half of last term.
Upon returning to Hibs for pre-season, Stanton spoke of his desire to re-establish himself at his boyhood club under Neil Lennon. Despite being among the substitutes for each of the new manager’s four competitive games in charge so far, the 22-year-old is yet to make it on to the pitch.
With Fraser Fyvie and Dylan McGeouch due to return from injury, and another midfielder expected to be recruited, Stanton has been told that his opportunities will be limited and that he can depart if he wants more extensive action.
The midfielder has nothing lined up and it remains to be seen if he will move on, but, ahead of today’s Championship match at home to Dunfermline, Lennon confirmed: “There may be players leaving to go out on loan.”
Hibs have already farmed out Aaron Dunsmore to Edinburgh City and strikers Oli Shaw and Lewis Allan to Stenhousemuir and Livingston respectively.