Hibs’ preparations for their Premiership return will take place predominantly at their East Mains training base, with no plans to head elsewhere for a pre-season training camp.
The players are due to return to work four weeks tomorrow – Thursday, June 22. As they did last summer, after Neil Lennon replaced Alan Stubbs in early June, Hibs intend to remain at home to limber up for the new season. The squad will have three-and-a-half weeks between checking in for pre-season and their first competitive match. They are set to begin their Betfred Cup campaign on the weekend of July 15 and will play four group games in that tournament in the space of a fortnight. The last match date for Betfred Cup group games is the weekend of July 29 – one week before the Premiership campaign kicks off. Hibs are currently working to finalise a schedule of pre-season friendlies to ensure they are in the best possible shape.
The Easter Road club have staged pre-season training camps on foreign soil in three of the last five summers – twice in Spain (2013 and 2015) and once in Belgium (2012) – while they also travelled to Spain in preparation for the play-offs in 2015 and for the 2016 League Cup final against Ross County. However, they have decided to carry out the bulk of their work at East Mains this summer.
By the time they return in a month’s time, Lennon’s squad will have had a six-and-a-half-week break to recharge their batteries, although the training centre remains open throughout the close season to allow the players to keep themselves ticking over.