Ross Caldwell admitted he is glad to escape his Hibs nightmare after signing a one-year deal with St Mirren.
The 20-year-old striker felt he could not hang around any longer at Easter Road having failed to establish himself in the first team and opted for a move to Paisley.
He now wants to kickstart his career under new St Mirren manager Tommy Craig after struggling to make an impact at Hibs under both Pat Fenlon and Terry Butcher.
“Hibs offered me terms but then took it off the table — the same as they did with a few other boys,” said Caldwell, whose most memorable moment in a Hibs shirt was scoring
the winner against Hearts at Tynecastle in May 2013.
“It wasn’t a great situation to be in and I ended up deciding to come here. Hopefully I can now kick on and have a really good season.
“Obviously it was disappointing because you want to have your future settled by that time of the season but you just need to cope with those things and move on.”
Caldwell insisted he didn’t hold any grudge against Butcher despite being sent on loan to Alloa during the second half of last season.
“A few boys have come out publicly but it’s not my style. It’s in the past now. It’s a fresh start here, the manager has chosen to take me rather than inherit me like the last two who came in at Hibs, so that’s really pleasing.”
Hibs’ relegation from the Scottish Premiership in May took Caldwell by surprise as they lost a play-off against Hamilton Accies on penalties.
“It was a surprise because I trained with the players every day. I thought the squad was good enough to stay in the top flight and at no point during the season did I think they would go down.
“I went to the game against Hamilton. We never played well enough to stay up.”