HIBS are on the trail of Swiss star Sascha Studer as head coach Alan Stubbs seeks to add a second goalkeeper to his squad after Mark Oxley signed a two-year deal with the Capital club.
Studer has been training at East Mains this week after being released by English League Two side Mansfield Town to allow Stubbs and his backroom staff to assess the 6ft 3in stopper.
Now 23, Studer remains the youngest player to have ever started a game in the first division of the Swiss Football League, aged just 15 years, six months and 18 days as he played the entire match for his club FC Aarau in April 2007.
The youngster won plaudits for his performance in a 1-1 draw, going on to make four appearances for the Swiss Under-17 side during the 2007/08 season. Studer played 32 times for Aarau between 2007 and 2012, although he had a number of loan spells during that period, playing in the second tier of Swiss football, the Challenge League, for FC Wohlen and FC Concordia Basel as well at SV Babelsberg 03 in the third division in Germany.
After 15 league appearances for Winterhur, another Swiss Challenge League side the season before last, Studer decided to make the move to England, winning a trial with Mansfield and impressing sufficiently on his debut – a 2-0 pre-season win over Leeds United – to be offered a one-year deal.
He made 22 appearances for the Stags, more than the three other goalkeepers – Lenny Pidgley, Dimitar Evtimov and Adam Smith – used by manager Adam Murray throughout last season, helping Mansfield edge clear of relegation.
However, he was freed at the end of his contract, much to the surprise of many Mansfield supporters with whom he’d become a firm favourite.
Confirming Studer’s arrival at East Mains, Stubbs, who is keen to provide stiff competition to Oxley for the gloves, told the Evening News: “We’ve got him in to have a look and see what we think of him.”