Tomas Cerny today set his sights on helping Hibs win promotion after the goalkeeper clinched a short-term deal with the Easter Road club.
The former Hamilton No.1 became head coach Alan Stubbs’ third signing of the January transfer window following the arrivals of Martin Boyle and Franck Dja Djedje in penning a contract to the end of the season. Stubbs had been looking for an experienced goalkeeper to provide the on-loan Mark Oxley with competition having had only 20-year-old Kleton Perntreou as back up, and Cerny promised him just that. “I know Mark has done well this season and I’m here to help him, to push him to play better,” he said. “I’ll wait for a chance to play in the first team and if I get one I’ll try and take it and show what I can do.”
Cerny, who spent five years with Accies, revealed he wants to be part of Stubbs’ wider plans. “I know a lot about the club – I’ve played against the team several times before – and I want to play my part in helping Hibs earn promotion to the Scottish Premiership.”
Having played in Greece, the former Czech Republic Under-21 cap was keen for a return to Scotland, with his Scottish wife Laura expecting their first baby next month.
The 29-year-old said: “I’ve been training with the club and I have been very impressed with everything. There was interest from other clubs, but Hibs contacted me first and I decided they were the best option for me.”
Stubbs added: “We’ve been actively looking to bring in another keeper and Tomas fits the bill. He adds further strength in depth for an important position.”