Hibernian can confirm that David Gray has formally announced his retirement after seven glorious years with the club.
However, the man who is already a legend in Leith is nowhere near ready to properly hang up his boots, as he’s more than eager to bring further success to Easter Road after being appointed a first team coach.
The 33-year-old defender is delighted to stay on at Hibs as part of Jack Ross’ coaching staff and will continue to be a hugely influential figure in the dressing room – as has been the case since he signed back in July 2014.
“It’s been an absolute privilege and honour to play for, and captain, Hibernian," said Gray.
"Now it’s time for me to take the next step in my career and I’d like to thank the gaffer and the club for this opportunity.
"I also want to thank all the players I’ve played with throughout my time and also a massive thank you to all the supporters for all the support they have given me.'
Now it’s time for me to take the next step in my career and I’d like to thank the gaffer and the club for this opportunity.
Gray's stoppage-time winner against Rangers at Hampden in 2016 earned him a place in Easter Road folklore as he captained the first Hibs side to win the Scottish Cup in 114 years – a moment that also saw him ‘anointed’ Sir David Gray by the eternally-grateful Hibees faithful.
But that’s far from the only thing on his Hibees highlight reel, and there will be many moments that will remain with both 'SDG' and our supporters for a long time to come.
Whether it’s scoring his first ever professional goal in 2014 in a 3–1 win over Rangers; grabbing goals in Europe against the likes of Brondby and Runavik; or netting in a 3-0 win over Queen of the South to seal promotion back to Scotland’s top flight after a three-year absence… all we can say is ‘Thank You, Sir David Gray’.
And we’re all looking forward to the next chapter.
The club is also planning to give David a well-deserved testimonial, the details of which are to be firmed up as soon as possible.
In the meantime, head coach Jack Ross is over the moon to have such a wealth of experience on board.
“I am delighted to welcome Dave to the coaching team at the club,” he said.
“Throughout my time here, he has demonstrated brilliant leadership qualities and a desire to learn about the game from a tactical and man management perspective.
“I am excited about helping Dave with the next stage of his career, and look forward to him assisting the staff and myself in raising demands, standards and achievements throughout the season ahead.”
His comments have been echoed by Hibernian sporting director Graeme Mathie.
He explained: "When Jack first broached the concept of David Gray becoming first team coach it was clearly a no brainer from every perspective.
“It has been said so many times but David has been every bit the leader throughout his time at the club and particularly through last season even when his playing time became more limited.
“We are delighted to support David's transition into coaching and are also pleased that the club have agreed to recognise his significant contribution to Hibernian by way of a testimonial.
“His contributions on the field need no further mention and I've no doubt he will approach this new chapter in his life with the same level of dedication and professionalism."