Hibs duo feature as trialists for lower-league clubs amid rumours of further loan deals

Pair faced each other in Ochilview friendly
Fraser Murray and Callum Yeats (inset) played as trialists at the weekendFraser Murray and Callum Yeats (inset) played as trialists at the weekend
Fraser Murray and Callum Yeats (inset) played as trialists at the weekend

Hibs duo Fraser Murray and Callum Yeats both turned out as trialists at the weekend for lower-league clubs as the Easter Road team-mates faced each other in a pre-season friendly.

Murray played 79 minutes for Dunfermline Athletic against Stenhousemuir at Ochilview, with Yeats lining up at left-back for the Warriors.

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The 21-year-old midfielder is understood to have been training with Stevie Crawford's side recently and scored a spectacular 30-yard goal on Saturday. Murray was linked with a loan move to East End Park last month, with Hibs head coach Jack Ross happy for him to head out on a temporary basis to get more gametime.

Murray hasn't featured for Hibs since a substitute appearance against Livingston in February, although he was an unused substitute for five of the Capital club' first eight games.

The versatile midfielder is predominantly a left midfielder but is equally comfortable operating more centrally or as a No.10.

He has made 30 appearances for Hibs since breaking into the first-team in April 2017 but a lengthy injury lay-off perhaps robbed him of more opportunities. A proposed loan switch to Dundee in January was shelved after Ross opted to keep him in his squad.

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Yeats caught the eye on loan at Lowland League side Civil Service Strollers last season and has impressed for Hibs’ development side. With Stenhousemuir searching for a left-back, the flame-haired 18-year-old could make the temporary switch as he looks to gain more first-team experience.

Hibs have sent a number of youngsters on loan to Stenhousemuir in the last 20 years or so.

Kenny Miller netted ten goals in 13 games during the 1998/99 season while Oli Shaw scored seven in 25 for the Warriors during the 2016/17 season.

Midfielder Innes Murray also spent time at Ochilview during the 2017/18 season.

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Hibs have already sent seven players out on loan. Midfielders Josh Campbell and Innes Murray have gone to Edinburgh City and Alloa Athletic respectively, while goalkeeper Kevin Dabrowski has joined Dumbarton on a similar deal.

Defender Tom James is at Wigan until January while centre-back Dino Leddie has joined Spanish side CD Almuñécar City.

Strollers have also taken another two youngsters on loan for the forthcoming campaign with striker Connor Young and defender Jack Brydon heading to Christie Gillies Park.

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