Hibs target Anthony Stokes released from Blackburn contract

Anthony Stokes scored twice for Hibs in their historic 2016 Scottish Cup win
Anthony Stokes scored twice for Hibs in their historic 2016 Scottish Cup win
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Anthony Stokes has been released from his Blackburn Rovers contract – clearing the way for his return to Hibs.

Talks between the Easter Road club and the 28-year-old’s representatives have been ongoing as head coach Neil Lennon seeks to add more firepower to his attack following the departure of Jason Cummings – top scorer in each of the last three seasons – to Nottingham Forest.

Lennon has already brought in striker Simon Murray from Dundee United and sprung a surprise this week by bringing in Lithuania internationalist Deivydas Matulevicius on a two-year deal. His forward line would be greatly enhanced, however, by the capture of Stokes, who would be lining up for a third spell at the club.

A statement on the Blackburn website today read: “Blackburn Rovers have reached an agreement with Anthony Stokes to terminate the player’s contract with immediate effect.

“The 28-year-old striker joined Rovers from Celtic last summer and scored three goals in 12 appearances for the club.”