Kamberi, Slivka, Maxwell, Docherty: How last season's Hibs players are faring this term

As we approach the halfway point of the season and the January transfer window we've taken a quick look at how some of last season's Hibees are getting on, having left Easter Road earlier this year.
Florian Kamberi, Vykintas Slivka, Greg Docherty, and Chris Maxwell have had mixed starts to the new seasonFlorian Kamberi, Vykintas Slivka, Greg Docherty, and Chris Maxwell have had mixed starts to the new season
Florian Kamberi, Vykintas Slivka, Greg Docherty, and Chris Maxwell have had mixed starts to the new season

Loanees returned to parent clubs and moved on, out-of-contract squad members sought out a new challenge, and others left for fees prior to the end of their contracts. All information regarding appearances, clubs, and goals and assists is correct at the time of writing.

Greg Docherty, Hull City

The midfielder impressed during a curtailed loan spell last season, contributing an impressive three goals and five assists in just eight games in all competitions. When the coronavirus pandemic kicked in he returned to parent club Rangers and despite interest from Hibs in bringing him back to the Capital he opted to join Hull City in England's Championship.

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He has so far made 16 appearances for the Tigers and has one goal to his name from last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Oxford United.

Adam Jackson, Lincoln City

The centre-half signed for Lincoln City in the summer after indicating a wish to return to his homeland despite some strong showings at the heart of the Hibs defence. Jackson scored four goals in 22 appearances last term and is on track for similar numbers with the Imps with a goal and an assist from 13 games so far.

He was on the bench for Lincoln’s 7-2 loss to Liverpool in the EFL Cup but has kept a clean sheet in six of his 13 matches in all competitions to date. Lincoln currently sit second in League One, two points off Greg Docherty's Hull City who occupy top spot.

Florian Kamberi, St Gallen

The Swiss-born forward eventually joined St Gallen in the summer following a long and drawn-out transfer process, with the Super League side paying a fee for the 25-year-old's services. Kamberi essentially accelerated his exit from Easter Road following comments he made after joining Rangers on loan in January and although he returned to East Mains for pre-season training, head coach Jack Ross made it clear that the former Grasshoppers striker did not feature in his plans for the 2020/21 campaign. Kamberi has played just six times for Peter Zeidler’s team, including a Europa League run-out, but has been battling injuries and coronavirus in recent weeks and is yet to open his account for the Kybunpark outfit.

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St Gallen currently lie fifth in the Swiss top flight having taken 12 points from their opening eight games.

Chris Maxwell, Blackpool

The on-loan Preston goalkeeper became a free agent in January after cutting short his loan stint at Hibs and leaving Preston in search of regular football. Despite initially displacing Ofir Marciano as the Easter Road side’s No.1 he played just 45 minutes under Jack Ross and departed the club in January with Adam Bogdan returning on a short-term deal as cover.

He eventually joined Blackpool on a deal until the end of the 2019/20 season and extended his contract in June.

He has so far kept four clean sheets in 14 games, conceding just 18 goals, with Blackpool occupying 12th spot in League One.

Jason Naismith, Ross County

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One of several players to fill the right-back berth at some point last season, Naismith returned to parent club Peterborough following the coronavirus outbreak but was limited to just two EFL Trophy appearances. The 26-year-old was told he did not feature in manager Darren Ferguson's plans and after being mutually consented on December 7, rejoined former club Ross County on a deal until the end of the season,

Stephane Omeonga, Delfino Pescara 1936

The piano-tinkling former fans’ favourite joined Pescara on a permanent deal in the summer after leaving Genoa and has played seven times in all competitions for the Serie B side. He's already come up against another former Easter Road hero in Liam Henderson, with the former Celtic man’s Lecce defeating Omeonga's Pescara by three goals to one last month.

The Abruzzo-based side are currently in 18th place in Serie B. Former Salernitana, Geoa, and Parma midfielder Roberto Breda took charge last week following the departure of World Cup-winner Massimo Oddo, who had only been appointed on August 29, and led his side to a 2-0 win at Ascoli in his first match in charge.

Vykintas Slivka, Apollon Smyrnis

The versatile midfielder left hibs at the end of his contract in the summer and eventually joined Anthony Stokes’ one-time employers Apollon Smyrnis on a two-year deal in the summer. Lithuanian internationalist Slivka is team-mates with former Hearts forward Abiola Dauda, and has played nine times so far, most recently helping the team to a 2-0 win at OFI Crete.

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Apollon Smyrnis currently lie 11th in the 14-team Super League with nine points from ten games.

Josh Vela, Shrewsbury Town

The former Bolton midfielder joined the Shrews in January and has contributed one goal and one assist from his 16 games so far this term. Somewhat ironically his assist came in an EFL Trophy victory over his old club Bolton, while his goal came in a 1-1 league draw with Plymouth at Home Park.

A team-mate of former Hibs striker Jason Cummings, Vela was sent off in a 5-1 defeat away to Peterborough United in October, ruling him out of the draws against Burton Albion and Swindon Town, but has resumed his midfield role since, with Salop currently second bottom of League One, above basement boys Wigan on goal difference.

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