ALAN STUBBS today claimed his latest signing Dan Carmichael will bring “an extra dimension” to a Hibs side already brimming with attacking options.
The Easter Road head coach snapped up the Queen of the South wide man barely 24 hours after capturing the signature of ex-Hamilton and Hearts striker James Keatings, the pair both agreeing two-year deals, as has midfielder Fraser Fyvie. Carmichael and Keatings now face a battle with the Championship’s top scorer Jason Cummings, Dominique Malonga, Farid El Alagui and Franck Dja Djedje for a place in Stubbs’ strikeforce.
And Stubbs revealed he’s looking for 24-year-old Carmichael to reproduce the form which persuaded him to move for the Dumfries-born player in the face of interest from Premiership sides.
He said: “We’re delighted to be able to sign Dan – he gives us more attacking options and adds pace to the team in a number of positions.
“Every time I’ve seen him play, I’ve been impressed by him. He is an exciting winger – direct, quick and clever.
“We’ve been busy over the past couple of days and the deals we’ve concluded are a statement of intent. We want to hit the ground running next season.”
The ink had barely dried on his contract before Carmichael, who spent five seasons with his hometown club, made his aim clear - to win the promotion which eluded his new team-mates in the season just ended.
He said: “I’m delighted about the move and really excited about the future here with Hibs. I enjoyed some memorable experiences at Queen of the South and now I can’t wait to start the next chapter of my career.
“I’m looking forward to joining up with the squad for the start of pre-season and working with the manager.
“The fact he wanted to add me to the squad is really pleasing and now I want to play my part in helping the club achieve promotion.”