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PLAYER UPDATE

PLAYER UPDATE

By: Hibernian Media on 25 May, 2020 17:40

Hibernian FC can confirm that Adam Bogdan, Steven Whittaker and Vykintas Slivka will depart from Easter Road Stadium following the expiry of their contracts in June.

Jack Hodge, Kosovar Sadiki and Matthew Yates will also move on from our Development Squad.

It follows on from the news that loanees Greg Docherty, Jason Naismith, Marc McNulty and Stephane Omeonga will report back to Rangers, Peterborough United, Reading and Genoa respectively following the formal conclusion of season 2019-20.

Adam is in his second spell with the Hibees, having re-joined in November 2019 on an initial short-term contract that was extended until the end of the season.

The experienced Hungarian international dovetailed well with first-choice goalkeeper Ofir Marciano and has been a really positive influence on our younger shot-stoppers, Kevin Dabrowski and Paddy Martin.

Steven needs little introduction after his own second successful stint in the green and white.

A model professional who made the transition from starry-eyed youngster in the Hibernian Academy to the English Premier League and international football, he has added real value on and off the pitch since returning to Leith in 2017.

Hibernian hope there will be an opportunity for Steven to return in the future in some capacity, and he is held in the highest esteem by his colleagues.

Vykintas Slivka joined the club in the summer of 2017 from Juventus and solidified his spot in the Lithuanian international set-up in the process.

Memorable goals against the likes of Celtic and Rangers means ‘Vyki’ leaves with some memorable moments to look back on.

Sporting Director Graeme Mathie said: “I only have good things to say about Adam, Steven and Vykintas, who have been a credit to themselves and the club since the day they arrived.

“They all have different stories. Steven is someone whose development the club takes real pride in.

“One of a number of young players who emerged from the Academy at the same time and captured the imagination, he is a real role model and example of what can be achieved when you dedicate yourself to your profession. He has been a positive, strong influence on team-mates – young and experienced alike. Given his association with the club over a long period of time, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him back at Easter Road in some capacity in the future.

“Adam is someone I hold in similar regard. His pedigree speaks for itself, but his human qualities are what stand out. Like Steven, he is another who was always happy to spend time passing on advice to younger players looking to make their way in the game.

“Vykintas is someone who came to Easter Road as a young player, looking to establish himself as a first-team player after spending his formative years in the Juventus youth system. We’re delighted that, over the course of time, he’s become an international regular and enjoyed some great moments in a Hibs shirt.

“I’m sure the supporters will join me in thanking them for their contributions to Hibernian and we wish them all the best for the future.

“Similarly, we thank Jack, Kosovar and Matthew for their efforts. We hope they’ve been able to benefit from their time within our set-up and that they apply the lessons learned for whatever comes next in their careers.”

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