Double sponsorship boost for Hibs

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HIBS have secured a significant double sponsorship boost as they try to get back on track in the wake of relegation.

The Easter Road club have landed a new shirt sponsor, worth a six-figure sum, after the expiry of their three-year deal with alchoholic ginger beer specialists Crabbie’s. They are also set to take in close to £100,000 after selling naming rights to one of the stands at Easter Road.

Full details of the deals will be divulged at official launches.

New chief executive Leeann Dempster, who will meet leading fans groups while an anti-Rod Petrie protest takes place outside the stadium tomorrow, was delighted to be able to deliver a chink of positive news in an otherwise gloomy period for the club.

She said: “The commercial team deserve our congratulations for securing a sponsor for our shirts. It shows again the appeal and potential of this club that businesses want to be associated with Hibernian despite the disappointment of last season and relegation.

“Russell Smith and his [commercial] team have also secured a stand naming deal, which will also generate significant money to help us as we try to rebuild.”

Meanwhile, Hibs have been strongly linked with a move for winger Alex Rodman. The 27-year-old Englishman is a free agent after leaving Grimsby

Town following a season in which he scored seven goals. He had previously had spells with Tamworth, Aldershot and York City.