Hibs trialist Thomas Roberts hints at loan move as he discusses trial spell
Hibs trialist Thomas Roberts has hinted that he is set to sign a loan deal with a club in Europe.
The FC Dallas midfielder spent a month training with the Capital club along with Charleston Battery duo Leland Archer and Robbie Crawford.
In an appearance on the ChumChat Podcast, Roberts spoke about his spell with Hibs and his future plans.
Reports in the USA have suggested the 19-year-old is on the verge of joining a Scottish side on loan, which Roberts alluded to.
Asked if he was returning to Europe, Roberts said: “I have a year left with FC Dallas. Next year I feel like I have to take the next step, get out of my comfort zone, and go over there and see how well I can do.
“I’ve seen all the success that Chris [Richards, former FC Dallas youngster now with Bayern Munich] has had and I want to do all the same things as him.
"I'm hoping to do a loan for six months and I think something is about to happen soon, so we'll see how that goes.”
“Last February I was supposed to go on loan to Bayern Munich and then FC Dallas denied the loan because they said they wanted me to play and when it didn’t work out – I thought I was going to play, and I didn't end up playing – it was tough.”
Reflecting on his time in the Capital he added: "It was a great experience; I got there on November 1 but I had to quarantine for two weeks and that was definitely the lowlight of the trip.
"I couldn’t leave the apartment for that time; all I could do was sit and wait around – felt like I was in there for a year.
"Once that finished we had our first training session and I started with the reserve team but the next day we had to do a fitness test and that was the worst part. A fitness test a day out of quarantine… my legs were gone. It was brutal. It was sleeting, too.”
The Easter Road coaching staff had the chance to watch Roberts in action in a couple of bounce matches.
He continued: “We won 2-0 against Stenhousemuir; I scored the second, and I also played against Hamilton.”