Hibs transfer link for Australian international once of Celtic

Hibs have been linked with a move to bring Jackson Irvine back to Scottish football.

Australia's Jackson Irvine could be Edinburgh-bound.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Australia's Jackson Irvine could be Edinburgh-bound. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

The Australian international left Hull City at the end of last season having moved south following spells in Scotland at Ross County and Kilmarnock. He also played for Burton Albion in the English Championship.

Jack Ross has been looking to strengthen his Hibs squad this month, recruiting Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Macey to replace Dillon Barnes, who was recalled by QPR, and lining up a move for ex-Motherwell man Chris Cadden, currently in America with MLS champions Columbus Crew.

One or two more recruits were anticipated to arrive at Easter Road during January, but any further dealings beyond that would involve player departures from the first-team pool.

Irvine left Ross County in 2016 (Picture: SNS)

Irvine is reportedly the next target on the list, with a medical already set up for the free agent, according to the Daily Record.

The 27-year-old is a well known name in Scottish football. He rose to prominence as a youth at Celtic, but only made one appearance for the club – ironically against Hibs in a 2-2 draw at the start of season 2012-13.

Loan spells at Ross County and Kilmarnock placed him in the public eye before a permanent move to Dingwall where he won the League Cup and earned a six-figure transfer to Burton Albion, who broke their transfer record with the £330,000 fee for the 34-timed capped international.

Irvine made his international debut while at Kilmarnock and was part of the Socceroos squad for the last World Cup, two and a half years ago in Russia.

He left Hull in the summer after more than 100 appearances as a dominating midfielder and could be next in to add more power to the Jack Ross midfield.

Speaking last week, the Hibs boss said: “We are hopeful of at least one or two but it may be that if we do anything more, we would look to trade our way round that.

"It's difficult to say with certainty because the month can unfold in a slightly different way than you had planned, but without anything unexpected, there will certainly be a couple, but potentially a few more depending on how well we can trade our way through the month.”

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