Hibs deadline-day round-up: Stanton and Insall leave on loan

Sam Stanton has joined Dumbarton
Sam Stanton has joined Dumbarton
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A quiet transfer-deadline day at Hibs passed with the departures of Sam Stanton and Jamie Insall on season-long loans representing the only notable activity.

Midfielder Stanton moved to fellow Championship club Dumbarton for the remainder of the campaign, while striker Insall rejoined East Fife, the club at which he spent most of last season.

There were no new arrivals before the midnight deadline, although manager Neil Lennon, who is keen to add a right-sided defender, still has the option of bolstering his squad by signing free agents.

The Evening News revealed a fortnight ago that Stanton, who has been out of the picture at Easter Road for the last two years, had been informed he was free to leave on loan if he wished to pursue first-team football elsewhere.

Wary of stagnating on the fringes at Hibs, where Fraser Fyvie, Dylan McGeouch, Marvin Bartley, Andrew Shinnie, John McGinn and Scott Martin were all ahead of him in the pecking order for a central-midfield berth, the 22-year-old fixed himself up with a move to fellow Championship side Dumbarton. His parent club, to whom he is contracted until summer 2018, have the option of recalling him in January if they wish.

Stanton hasn’t played at all for Hibs in a competitive match this season despite returning from a loan spell at Livingston in pre-season with high hopes of a fresh start at his parent club following the departure of previous manager Alan Stubbs to Rotherham United.

His last competitive appearance for the first team was 11 months ago.

Dumbarton manager Stephen Aitken said: “We were made aware that Sam was available earlier in the week and we are delighted to get the deal over the line.”

The East Fife-bound Insall appears to be as far out of the picture at Hibs as Stanton after returning to the League One club where he enjoyed a successful six-month stint on loan last season.

The Englishman was handed a three-year deal at Easter Road a year ago after Stubbs saw development potential in the previously unheralded 24-year-old striker, whose only previous experience had come in the lower reaches of the English non-league pyramid.

Stubbs’ departure appears to have dented Insall’s hopes of making the breakthrough at Hibs, with the forward not featuring in Lennon’s plans this summer.

Reports in Poland suggested Hibs were set to sign 23-year-old right-back Filip Modelski, although no move materialised.