Simon Murray: Former Hibs striker eyes Scotland return as he turns down extended South Africa stay

Striker on way back to Scotland after SA adventure

Thursday, 13th February 2020, 8:06 am
Updated Thursday, 13th February 2020, 8:14 am
Simon Murray hit 14 goals in 29 appearances for Hibs

Simon Murray is on the lookout for a club in Scotland after rejecting the chance to extend his stay in South Africa, according to reports.

It is understood that the striker will not take up the option of another year with the Johannesburg-based side and The Sun claims he is eyeing a return to his homeland for family reasons.

Murray and his partner had their first child last year and would prefer to return to Scotland despite Wits being keen to hang onto the 27-year-old, according to reports in The Sun.

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The former Dundee United and Arbroath hitman suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury last term but is expected to be fully fit in time for pre-season and will likely have several clubs in Scotland on high alert.

Murray scored 14 goals in 29 games for the Easter Road side, albeit eight of those goals came in the Betfred Cup, and spent the second half of the 2017/18 season on loan at Dundee where he scored three in 14 before returning to Hibs and being sold to Wits two seasons ago.