Hibs without a keeper as Kleton Perntreou freed

Kleton Perntreou made two senior appearances for Hibs last season. Pic: SNS
Kleton Perntreou made two senior appearances for Hibs last season. Pic: SNS
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Hibs were today left without a goalkeeper on their books after the Easter Road outfit revealed Kleton Perntreou is one of three development squad players to have left the club.

Alan Stubbs’ No.1 Mark Oxley has already returned to Hull City after his season-long loan deal came to an end, while former Hamilton goalkeeper Tomas Cerny has seen the short-term contract he signed in January, as he became back-up to the Englishman, expire.

Albania born, but raised in Greece, Perntreou spent the first half of last season as understudy to Oxley, making his first-team debut as his team-mate suffered a back injury against Cowdenbeath at Central Park in November, playing the second 45 minutes in a 2-1 win before starting the following week and keeping a clean sheet as Hibs drew 0-0 with Queen of the South in the Capital.

Pertnreou, who had joined Hibs from Bristol City in the summer of 2013, returned to his role as back-up to Oxley for three matches in March as Cerny recovered from mumps, but he has now been told, along with Neil Martyniuk and Taylor Hendry, that he won’t be offered a new deal.

Martyniuk, an 18-year-old defender from Musselburgh, spent the final few weeks of the season on loan with League Two Berwick Rangers having made 27 starts for Hibs’ youth team. Hendry, a 19-year-old striker who joined Hibs from Ipswich Town’s youth academy in 2013, scored six goals from 27 starts and seven appearances as a substitute.

A statement on Hibs’ website said: “Everybody associated with the club would like to wish Kleton, Neil and Taylor all the best as they embark on the next chapters in their careers and thank them for their contribution.”

Meanwhile, Hibs striker Dominique Malonga has been called up for the start of Congo’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign. The 26-year-old will face Kenya, bossed by former Easter Road manager Bobby Williamson, in the Congolese capital of Brazzaville on June 12, their opening game in their bid to make the 2017 finals which will take place in Gabon.

Malonga made his international debut in a 1-0 win over Sudan in Khartoum last year.