Trialists on way as Hibs look to beef up squad

Alan Stubbs is keen to look at players in a 'number of positions'
Alan Stubbs is keen to look at players in a 'number of positions'
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Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs has revealed the search for new faces is continuing with a raft of trialists expected at the Capital club’s East Mains training centre over the next few weeks.

Although Mark Oxley has become the latest to commit to a new contract, Stubbs admitted he’s determined to add another goalkeeper to his squad having spent half of last season with only the inexperienced Kleton Perntreou as back-up to the on-loan Hull City player.

But, while ensuring there’s competition to Oxley for the No.1 spot, Stubbs is keen to further strengthen his squad, saying: “We’ll have trialists coming in over the next few weeks. Not just in that position but a number of positions to see whether we can make the squad even stronger than it is at this moment.”

Adding a central midfielder – following the release of Liam Craig, Scott Robertson’s decision to reject the offer made to him and Dylan McGeouch’s return to Celtic – is high up Stubbs’ list as is a second experienced keeper but he added: “We’re trying to make the squad as competitive as possible. I am happy with where the squad is in terms of the quality we have – we just need to add more in terms of numbers now to make us a little better.”

However, while Celtic have triggered the season’s option on McGeouch’s contract, Stubbs admitted he’ll be keeping tabs on the 22-year-old, who made 26 appearances for Hibs during his season-long loan spell.

He said: “Dylan is obviously a Celtic player and I’ve said all along I do not like speaking about players that are with other clubs. We’ll just monitor the situation. I think that’s the way to go about it. If he were to become available then I am sure we would show an interest.”