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Hibernian sign striker Anthony Stokes on a two year deal

Anthony-Stokes

Hibernian have signed striker Anthony Stokes on a two year deal after a season at English outfit Blackburn Rovers.

The Irishman returns to Easter Road for his third spell at the club and looks as though he will be manager Neil Lennon’s final signing of this transfer window.

Stokes played a major role in the Edinburgh club’ beating Rangers 3-2 in the 2016 Scottish Cup Final, ending their 114 year wait to win the famous trophy, with the 29 year old scoring twice.

Following the announcement, Stokes said: “I am delighted to be coming back to Hibernian. The club is where I’ve played some of my best football.

“It’s an environment that can get the best out of me and I am looking forward to getting back scoring goals again.

“The scenes of celebration following the cup win will live long in my memory, and the only disappointment from my last spell was that we didn’t get promotion.

“The boys did brilliantly last season and now I’ll be looking to help us push on back in the Premiership.”

Stokes played 18 times for Blackburn Rovers last term, scoring eight goals, despite this the Ewood Park side were relegated from the Championship.

After securing the capture of Stokes, Lennon added: “Anthony’s a quality player that we all know well, and will be a massive addition to our strike force.

“I’ve been really pleased with the work we’ve done over the summer – the squad is in good shape and we’ve made several strong additions.

“We now have competition in every area of the park and are ready for the start of the league campaign on Saturday [against Partick Thistle].”

This summer, Hibs have signed Efe Ambrose, Ofir Marciano, Steven Whittaker, Deivydas Matulevicius, Vykintas Slivka, Danny Swanson and Simon Murray.

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