Hibs striker takes aim at 'certain people' in farewell message

Le Fondre (second from left) played well and scored when fit.Le Fondre (second from left) played well and scored when fit.
Le Fondre (second from left) played well and scored when fit. | SNS Group
Veteran insists team are on track for brighter future

Hibs striker Adam Le Fondre has taken a swipe at his treatment by “certain people” at Easter Road in his parting message to fans. But the veteran forward insists the Edinburgh club are “on the road to great things” in the season ahead.

Le Fondre singled out director of football Brian McDermott, as well as successive managers Lee Johnson and Nick Montgomery, for thanks and praise. He also expressed gratitude to the strength and conditioning staff who helped him back from a disruptive mid-season injury.

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The Englishman, allowed to return south to join his family when his contract expired at the end of the season, played well and contributed when fit during his one-year stint. He was also a popular figure with coaches, team-mates and supporters. But the 37-year-old, repeatedly hailed as one of the best goal scorers of his generation by Montgomery, included a cryptic clue about his treatment at Hibs in an Instagram post bidding farewell to the club.

Le Fondre posted: “Season complete, I’d like to thank Brian McDermott and Lee Johnson for bringing me to the club and Nick Montgomery for continued trust in my ability. I had a blast north of the border.

“Thanks to the lads for welcoming me into the dressing room, really good bunch of people! Some weirdos mind! Thanks to the medical and S&C staff for looking after me during a tough period for me being injured!

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“Disappointed with how the season panned out and how certain people treated me but that’s for another day. Special thanks to the fans for making me feel very welcome; it’s truly a special club Hibernian and I believe they are on the road to great things, I’m sure. All the best, Alfie.”