Socceroos star Jackson Irvine has ended months in limbo by joining Scottish top-flight side Hibernian.
Irvine, who left Hull City in June of last year, has been without a club since then as COVID-19 impacted his hunt for a new club.
But the 27-year-old midfielder returns to a country where he has enjoyed significant success in the past. Irvine began his professional career with heavyweights Celtic before also representing Kilmarnock and Ross County.
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Now he will line up alongside fellow Australian representative Martin Boyle.
“I’m pleased to have everything sorted because as soon as I heard of Hibs’ interest, I was keen to make it happen,” Irvine told the club website.
“No-one has to tell me what a big club this is. I saw it for myself when I was with Celtic and Ross County.
“I had a great chat with the gaffer, who outlined that this is a club that wants to be competing for silverware and qualifying for Europe. Why wouldn’t you want to be part of that?
“I’ve missed playing so I’m hoping to be involved as soon as possible. I’ll work as hard as I can in training and hopefully give the staff something to think about.”
Hibernian manager Jack Ross said: “We’re delighted to be able to add a player of Jackson’s calibre to the squad and I think he’ll complement the other players that we have.
“Jackson has played at a high level as an international. He can go box-to-box, he offers a goal threat and he’s hungry to play. He joins us at an exciting time with some big games coming up.”
Hibernian sit fourth in the Scottish Premiership.