Josh Vela joins Hibs: Former Bolton midfielder signs three-year deal at Easter Road

Josh Vela celebrates a goal for Bolton
Josh Vela celebrates a goal for Bolton
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Hibs have announced the signing of midfielder Josh Vela.




The 25-year-old midfielder spent 17 years with the Bolton Wanderers, making more than 180 appearances for the Greater Manchester club. He was a free agent after his contract expired at the end of June.

He is the Capital club's seventh signing of the summer.

Hibs head coach Paul Heckingbottom said he was "delighted" to have signed Vela, adding: “Josh will add energy and a competitive edge to our midfield.

“He is an all-round midfielder with the athleticism to support attacks and play on the front foot, helping us win the ball back.

“He was worth the wait and I’m glad we were patient in order to land him.”

Vela added: "Hibs were persistent when I had offers from other teams and that played a big part in me coming here.

“Every player wants to feel wanted and I was really impressed with everything that I heard, then what I saw when I came for a look myself.

“The manager went into real detail about what he wants from me – as a person and tactically – and I feel like I can help him achieve what he wants to do with the club."

Vela will team up with former Trotters team-mate Christian Doidge at Easter Road, and will wear the number six shirt.