By: Hibernian Media on 01 Jul, 2019 14:41
Hibernian are delighted to confirm the signing of goalkeeper Chris Maxwell, subject to international clearance.
The 28-year-old moves on loan from Preston North End for the season and will provide competition between the sticks for Ofir Marciano – who starts pre-season training of his own today after an extended break on the back of his international involvement with Israel.
Chris, a former Welsh youth international, jumped at the chance to move to Easter Road and reunited with his former Deepdale room-mate Daryl Horgan.
It represents the latest piece in the jigsaw for Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom – who, in conjunction with the recruitment team and Hibs hierarchy, has delivered on his promise to get his hand-picked new recruits in early.
Paul said: “We were short of a goalkeeper with Adam Bogdan’s loan expiring and Chris ticked every box for us.
“He has good experience, he’s a presence in goal with good distribution that will help us build from the back.
“We have an excellent goalkeeper in Ofir but we weren’t looking for someone content to be number two.
“We want a fair fight and whoever starts the season in goal will deserve it.”
Chris said: “I’m really excited to get going.
“Paul explained what the ambitions are for the club. The aspiration should be to play in Europe and that’s something I want to be part of.
“Scottish football’s nothing new for me. My Dad’s side of the family are Scottish. He grew up in Bathgate and the rest of them are still in Edinburgh.
“I’ve been to my fair share of games and sat in the Hibs end for October’s Edinburgh Derby when I was up to see family and support Daryl.
“To be on the pitch for something like that – that’s something to look forward to.”