Hibernian today announced John Hughes' second summer signing after agreeing terms with Norwich City for the transfer of promising centre back David Stephens.

The Wales under-19 defender has agreed to join Hibernian on a three year deal and international clearance for the move is now being progressed.

Stephens admits he is delighted to be joining Hibernian and the teenager believes he can achieve his career goals at Easter Road.

A product of Norwich City's Academy, 18-year-old Stephens says he is looking forward to continuing his progress at Hibernian and revealed he is excited at the prospect of helping the club in this season's Europa League.

Stephens said: "I am really pleased to have agreed a move to Hibernian; it is an ambitious club with top-class training facilities and a first class stadium.

"I'm still learning my trade at the moment, but Hibernian has a track record of promoting young players into the first team and this was a great attraction for me.

"I'm confident that when I do get an opportunity I will seize my chance. I'm excited to be here and especially so given that the opening Europa League match is only a few weeks away.

"It is a big move for me and I've been really impressed with the Club and with Edinburgh; it seems like a great place to live and I just want to achieve all my goals at Hibernian."

A towering centre half - Stephens is 6' 4" - the promising youngster joined Norwich at the age of 13 and made his first team debut for the Norfolk club in March of this year.

He spent the latter stages of last season out on loan at English League Two side Lincoln City where he helped the club avoid relegation - making three starts in the process.

Manager John Hughes welcomed the club's latest recruit and believes Stephens' future is bright in the green and white of Hibernian.

Hughes said: "David is a player with tremendous potential - he already has a good physical presence and appears much more mature than his age would suggest.

"I've been impressed with what I've seen from him so far and I'm sure he will have a part to play at first team level over the course of the season ahead.

"David has also got international experience with Wales at under-17 and under-19 level and has all the attributes to be a success here at Hibernian."