Franck Dja Djedje leaves Hibs for Al Shahaniya

Franck Dja Djedje scored three times for Hibs. Pic: Neil Hanna
Franck Dja Djedje scored three times for Hibs. Pic: Neil Hanna
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Hibs continue to shape their squad for the new season after out-of-favour striker Franck Dja Djedje terminated his contract and signed for Qatari side Al Shahaniya.

The Ivorian forward moved to Easter Road in January on an 18-month contract. He told the Evening 
News shortly after his arrival that he was keen to finally put down some roots after a nomadic career which had taken from France to Ukraine, Norway and Belarus in recent seasons.

However, after starting just six of the 22 games Hibs played since he came to the Capital, the 29-year-old has been granted the opportunity to cut short his contract by a year and seek the opportunity of more regular football elsewhere.

Dja Djedje has acted swiftly 
to find himself a new club and yesterday posted an instagram picture of himself being 
unveiled by Al Shahaniya, alongside the words: “New club, new challenge, new life. Thanks god.”

Al Shahaniya were last season relegated from the Qatar Stars League and will kick off life in the second tier – the Qatargas League – in September.

Dja Djedje’s last appearance in a Hibs jersey came as a late substitute in the second leg of the Premiership play-off semi-final against Rangers, when the Easter Road side’s promotion bid hit the buffers. Dja Djedje scored three goals in his time at the club, with the most notable of those a last-minute winner at home to Livingston in March.

The arrival of former Hearts striker James Keatings last week means head coach Alan Stubbs has already effectively filled the attacking void left by Dja Djedje.

The former Paris Saint-
Germain youngster is the fourth first-team player to officially leave Easter Road this summer after Callum Booth and Tomas Cerny signed for Partick 
Thistle, while it was confirmed that captain Liam Craig won’t have his contract renewed.

It remains to be seen whether Liam Fontaine, Mark Oxley, Martin Boyle, Dylan McGeouch, Keith Watson and Scott Robertson will return to Easter Road next term after the expiry of their respective contracts and loan deals. Work is ongoing to tie down those Stubbs wishes to retain.