Swedish international fills Hibs' keeper void

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NICK Colgan will face a stern test in hanging on to the No1 jersey at Easter Road after Hibs yesterday signed the Swedish international goalkeeper Daniel Andersson on a 12-month contract.

The former AIK Stockholm player secured the move following a trial spell with the Edinburgh club and replaces Tony Caig, who moved to Newcastle United on transfer deadline day last month.

"Daniel comes highly recommended and I am pleased to have secured his services," Bobby Williamson, the Hibs manager said.

Andersson, who was a free agent, was also attracting the interest of Sturm Graz and PAOK Salonika but opted for a move to Scotland.

"Once I had spoken with Hibernian, then the interest from PAOK and Sturm Graz did not seem so appealing," Andersson said. "Scottish football has a great history and the supporters have a real passion for the game that you do not find in many other countries. I really like the aggressive style of football and I think it will suit me.

"There’s a great stadium and atmosphere at Hibernian and the club is in a solid position in the league.

"It’s a great new challenge for me and I can guarantee the club they have a very hard-working and ambitious goalkeeper.

"I have one cap for Sweden, against Finland in 2001, and being involved with the national side again is certainly something I am hoping for. The coach knows my ability and what kind of player I am, so it is up to myself to get into the Hibs team and play as well as I can.

"Both Magnus Hedman and Johan Mjallby also used to play for AIK, so I know all about them. It will be great when we play Celtic because, of course, they also have Henrik Larsson and he is the best possible advert for Swedish players moving to Scotland."

Spanish midfielder Jesus Sanjuan has left Kilmarnock after his contract was terminated by mutual consent. The player was signed by Bobby Williamson from Airdrie in March 2001 but struggled to get a game under current manager Jim Jefferies.

He appeared in only nine games this season, with his last start coming back in October when Kilmarnock were thrashed 6-1 at Rangers. He was also one of three Killie players sent off in the 3-0 defeat by Motherwell in August. Sanjuan was previously with Cordoba and Real Zaragoza and spent a brief spell on loan at Wolves in 1997.

Meanwhile, Kilmarnock are in contract extension talks with striker Andy McLaren.

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