Work has been ongoing in the background to line up a new goalkeeper, left-back and at least one more attacking option, but there is scope for more maneuvering, depending on whether any of the existing squad move on, on loan or on a permanent basis.
Manager Jack Ross has said that all contingencies are being catered for but the injuries to Christian Doidge and Jamie Murphy, who suffered a recurrence of the hamstring strain which dogged the experienced winger last season, may also impact on which players are brought in.
Asked about the club’s link with Norwegian left-back Kristoffer Tonnessen, the Hibs gaffer said: “We are trying to make sure we are prepared in case we lose any of our players. That is where that has come from. I am hoping we don’t and there has been nothing to indicate that we will but if we did then we have to be ready to replace them.”
But Ross said he is looking forward to welcoming 19 year-old centre-back Wood, who is highly-regarded south of the border.
The player was in the capital for his medical over the weekend and took in Hibs’ victory over Livingston on Saturday. The paperwork on his season-long switch from the English Championship is expected to be lodged on Monday, although, due to international duties with the England U-20s, he will not join up with his new club-mates immediately.