Hibs will hold talks with Adam Eckersley in the coming weeks to establish whether or not his contract will be extended beyond January.
The former Hearts left-back moved to Easter Road on a short-term deal in September, but is still waiting to make his first-team debut as a result of injury problems. After recovering from a knee operation he underwent in the summer, the 30-year-old Englishman was an unused substitute for three games last month. However, he was then afflicted by a niggling groin problem which kept him out of the squad for last weekend’s draw with Falkirk.
Eckersley had indicated after joining Hibs that he was considering heading to America when his contract expired, but stressed that he was keen to keep his options open. Despite his lack of game time, the experienced Mancunian has been a popular presence at the club and head coach Alan Stubbs has refused to rule out the possibility of retaining him as cover and competition for first-choice left-back Lewis Stevenson.
“We’ll be speaking to Adam over the next few weeks and we’ll see where that takes us,” Stubbs told the Evening News. “Even though he’s not played, he’s had a big impact around the place. It’s been frustrating for him because he’s been desperate to get out there and contribute and show his worth.”
Stubbs hopes to have Eckersley back in training in the coming days with a view to returning to the match-day squad for Hibs’ post-Christmas fixtures.
“It’s not his knee that’s bothering him, it’s his groin,” said Stubbs. “It’s hindered him for a number of weeks now. It’s nothing significant but it’s just been stop-start with him. He’s not far away from being ready. Hopefully he’ll be training next week and that will be him ready to kick on and start making a contribution.”