Antoine Gounet to remain on trial at Hibs

Antoine Gounet played in yesterday's 2-0 win at Stirling. Picture: SNS
Antoine Gounet played in yesterday's 2-0 win at Stirling. Picture: SNS
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HIBERNIAN head coach Alan Stubbs will continue to monitor goalkeeper Antoine Gounet after the Frenchman played as a trialist in yesterday’s 2-0 win at Stirling Albion.

Gounet, a team-mate of new Hibs striker Farid El Alagui when both were at Brentford, had little to do during a dominant display at Forthbank as the Edinburgh outfit won with goals from Jordan Forster and Alex Harris either side of the break.

Recruiting a new No 1 remains Stubbs’ priority following the summer departures of Ben Williams, Sean Murdoch and Paul Grant.

Stubbs said: “He didn’t have an awful lot to do to be honest, but he’s someone who we are looking at. We’re going to monitor him to see how he does. He’s only been with us a couple of days.”

Stubbs, who recently signed former Manchester United right back David Gray, said: “There are one or two things on the go and we’re just waiting on decisions. It’s not what I wanted but I’m prepared to give it a few extra days if it means us getting the right person in.

“There are one or two areas that I would like to strengthen and if I can do that, great. It has to be the right person, I’ve got some good players here and the players that I bring in will be to benefit those players and to add strength and depth.”

Short of match fitness, former Falkirk striker El Alagui lasted just under an hour at Stirling in his debut appearance since joining from Brentford, and the Hibs manager was encouraged by what he saw.

Stubbs said: “We are still finding out, especially the players, about Farid’s strengths but I think it was there for all to see that for the 60 minutes he was on he gave us an added edge in and around the final third.

“From that point of view, it’s pleasing. It’s good to get the minutes under his belt and we’ll progress him with caution and not rush him too quickly.”