By: Hibernian Media on 25 Jun, 2019 16:41
Hibernian are delighted to confirm the signing of striker Christian Doidge, subject to international clearance.
The 26-year-old will add an exciting new dimension to our attacking options and has agreed a three-year deal at Easter Road for an undisclosed fee to become our fourth signing of the summer.
Christian moves from progressive League Two side Forest Green Rovers, where he became a firm fan favourite after an impressive return of 66 goals in 122 games.
He has been tracked extensively by our recruitment team over a long period of time and is also well known to Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom, who was meticulous with his own background checks.
Our new number nine is ready to hit the ground running and will join his team-mates at the Hibernian Training Centre as the squad step up their pre-season preparations.
Paul said: “We think Christian’s signing is a real statement of intent and I’m delighted we were able to fend off other interested clubs to secure his signature.
“The recruitment staff here have been looking at Christian for a while now and he’s also someone who was on my radar.
“We think he’s well suited to Scottish football, whether that’s leading the line or working with a partner.
“Christian is intelligent, has good movement, scores different types of goals, can handle himself physically and will press well from the front.
“He gives us something different up top.”
Christian explained that he already has a clear idea of what is expected of him after detailed talks with Paul over his role within the team’s setup.
He said: “I felt like I knew exactly what he wanted from me within 10 seconds. He’s very clear in his instructions and I think it will really suit my game.
“I’m looking forward to working under him.
“I like getting after the ball with a high work-rate, making a nuisance of myself for defenders and playing off the shoulder. I like to attack crosses – just an all-round number nine, really.”
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