Former Hibs star Leigh Griffiths finally finds new club as striker set for foreign adventure
Former Hibs star Leigh Griffiths has finally found himself a new club as it was announced the striker is on the verge of completing a move to Australian second tier side Mandurah City.
The Aussie outfit, situated 45 miles south of Perth, play in the Western Australia State League Division 1 and have just four games of their campaign remaining.
Griffiths has agreed to a short-term switch with City announcing in the statement that the 31-year-old had joined until the end of the year. He is set to fly out to Australia in the coming days.
The ex-Celtic and Scotland forward struggled to find a club in Scotland following his release from Falkirk. He was training with former club Livingston in order to keep fitness levels up while looking for his next employer.
Mandurah are managed by John Baird, the journeyman forward who played for 14 different Scottish clubs during his career and was arguably most famous for scoring the goal which enabled Raith Rovers to defeat Rangers in the 2014 Challenge Cup final.
The club statement said: “Mandurah head coach John Baird is thrilled to have completed the services of the Scotsman for the remainder of the year. Leigh is undoubtedly one of the biggest signings in not only Mandurah’s history, but one of the biggest in Australian NPL & State League football history.
"Leigh will play the last two home games of the season in the famous Black & White. Welcome to Mandurah Leigh!”
Baird told the Scottish Sun: "Leigh is a friend of mine and he's coming over for a holiday and a look round. I think he has some family nearby so he's eager to come over and see everyone and have a look at the club. We only have four games left this season but he's going to come over and see what he thinks of the place.
"I never actually played with Leigh in Scotland but I've played against him many times and he's a friend. I know he's been keeping up his fitness back in Scotland while looking for a club and was working hard at Livingston."
Griffiths enjoyed a pair of season-long loans at boyhood heroes Hibs earlier in this career, scoring 39 times in 78 appearances.