Hibs hand American defender chance to impress during trial spell

Hibs have handed American defender Bobby Pierre the chance to impress as he undergoes a trial spell at East Mains.

Friday, 29th October 2021, 3:08 pm
Bobby Pierre in action for Hibs B against Huddersfield Town B earlier this month

The 19-year-old centre-back, currently attached to French side RC Strasbourg’s Under-19 team, has been on trial with the Easter Road side this month and training with the first team.

He also featured in a friendly match against Spartans at the Hibernian Training Centre, keeping a clean sheet during his time on the pitch, and partnered Jack Brydon at the heart of defence in the B team’s 4-2 victory over Huddersfield Town B at the English Championship side’s Canalside training complex.

The Evening News understands that no decision has yet been made on Pierre, with the coaching staff continuing to assess his qualities.

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Pierre was born in Florida and represented Haiti at Under-17 level, featuring in the Under-17 World Cup in Brazil in 2019. He started at centre-back in two of Haiti’s three group games, completing the 90 minutes in defeats by South Korea and France.

His performances for USL Championship side Real Monarchs – the second-string of MLS outfit Real Salt Lake – earned him a call-up to the USA Under-20 training camp in January 2020 ahead of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, where one of his team-mates was former Hibs trialist Thomas Roberts of FC Dallas.

However, the tournament was postponed and eventually cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Three American-based players have spent time at East Mains recently as part of a training experience and featured in the 6-1 friendly win against Spartans earlier this month.

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