Marc McNulty desperate to help push Hibs on after finally sealing return

Striker hails fans as he pitches up for second spell in green and white

Friday, 31st January 2020, 10:30 pm
Marc McNulty is pictured at East Mains after rejoining Hibs

Marc McNulty has insisted he’s desperate to help push Hibs on after sealing a return to Easter Road on a day of deadline drama which so far has resulted in striker Florian Kamberi have a medical at Rangers and Ibrox midfielder Greg Docherty do likewise at East Mains.

McNulty spent a profitable spell on loan with Hibs in the second half of last season, eight goals earning him two Scotland caps before he returned to Championship outfit Reading.

He moved to Sunderland on a season-long loan deal but made only seven starts for the Black Cats and his frustration led to his representatives putting pressure on the League One club’s boss Phil Parkinson to release him.

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Parkinson finally relented, paving the way for 27-year-old to rejoin Hibs boss Jack Ross - who had signed him for Sunderland before being sacked earlier in the season.

It was the final piece in a jigsaw which had earlier seen Kamberi head to Rangers training centre for a medical pending a move to Ibrox on loan while Docherty headed in the opposite direction to complete the formalities ahead of his switch to Easter Road.

However, the three-way move hinged on McNulty arriving in Edinburgh with Hibs reluctant to sanction Kamberi’s departure with Christian Doidge their only other striker. News of his signing is expected to result in Kamberi joining Rangers and Docherty moving to Hibs, both on loan until the end of the season.

McNulty said: “I’m delighted to be back. Anyone who knows me knows how much I enjoyed my time at Hibs last season and how much I wanted to come back, so I’m grateful the people at the club pushed so hard to make it happen.

“It makes a difference knowing I’ll be playing for two guys who have already shown how much they want me and I’m looking forward to getting the chance to repay them.

“I also want to thank the supporters. From the day I left first time around I’ve had so many positive messages on social media. People probably don’t understand how much that can mean to a player.

“I’m desperate to be involved as soon as possible and help the team push on.”