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Sport: Jamie Gullan seals Raith Rovers return as forward departs Hibs

Hibs transfer latest: The nine Easter Road players out of contract and what the future may hold

  Hibs transfer latest: The nine Easter Road players out of contract and what the future may hold Hibs have nine first-team players out of contract in the summer, enabling them to open talks with potential suitors and sign pre-contract deals this month.The number ten’s contract expires at the end of the campaign and while he has one goal and five assists from 18 mostly substitute appearances in all competitions, he was benched for the 3-1 Boxing Day victory over Dundee United just four days after starting in the 1-0 win against Aberdeen.

The 22-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal at Stark’s Park, after scoring 14 goals in 50 games across three previous temporary stints in Fife.

  Jamie Gullan seals Raith Rovers return as forward departs Hibs © Jamie Gullan has left Hibs to join Raith Rovers

Speaking to RaithTV Gullan said he was hoping to hit the ground running, adding: “I’m just buzzing to get back playing football”.

The forward wasn’t involved in the matchday squad for Shaun Maloney’s first two matches in charge against Aberdeen and Dundee United and an exit looked to be on the cards when the Easter Road side brought in Norwegian striker Elias Melkersen, who can play anywhere across the front three.

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Gullan was part of the Hibs development team that sealed a league and cup double in 2018 but has found first-team opportunities hard to come by.

He has featured 39 times for the Hibees, mostly off the bench, scoring three times in the process. A reported move to Raith’s Championship rivals Kilmarnock appeared to be close to completion during the summer transfer window but the plug was pulled at the eleventh hour as Hibs failed to bolster their attacking options, leading then manager Jack Ross to call off the switch.

A return to Kirkcaldy has looked increasingly likely since Rovers boss McGlynn admitted his January priority was to add goals to his team, who have failed to score from open play in more than ten hours of football.

The Fifers have already added former Hibee Sam Stanton and Rangers youngster Ben Williamson to their ranks to help plug the gap left by Dylan Tait’s return to Easter Road.

Hibs braced for improved Martin Boyle offer ahead of Premiership return .
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