John Hughes eyes more signings

HIBS manager John Hughes hopes to add to the signing of Dutchman Edwin de Graaf before his squad reports back for pre-season training next month.

The NAC Breda skipper and Dutch B cap became the Easter Road side's first summer recruit when he agreed a two-year deal on Tuesday and has been hailed by Hughes as a "real gem" of a signing.

Former Aberdeen full-back Michael Hart has been strongly linked with a return to the SPL with Hibs and Burton O'Brien is understood to have held talks over a move from Falkirk. However, Hughes is keen to ensure any further recruits fit his template for strengthening his pool. With pre-season training starting on 1 July ahead of Hibs' opening Europa League game on 29 July, Hughes said: "We're still looking to make more signings but I'm not going to get involved in speculation.

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"What I will say is we're trying to bring the right sorts to the club, with the right attitude to enhance the squad.

"It's nice to get the first one in and I'm sure Edwin will be a good player for this club. I've asked the fans to be patient and hopefully they can see everything is coming together.

"The stadium is looking magnificent and the new pitch is looking magnificent, the pre-season is all ready to go and all credit to everybody concerned in bringing all these things together."