Jamie Maclaren makes Hibernian switch

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The Socceroos striker couldn't resist a return to Scotland

Australian striker Jamie Maclaren has sealed a season-long loan deal with Scottish side Hibernian from German club SV Darmstadt 98.

Maclaren joined Hibs on a short loan in January last season and quickly won over fans scoring eight goals across 15 appearances - including a hat-trick in his final outing.

Those performances earned him a spot in the Socceroos World Cup squad and plenty of transfer interest in the past month.

Despite being linked to a return to Australia with Melbourne Victory, Maclaren ultimately decided Hibernian was the best place for him.

“A few factors drove me to come back," Maclaren said.

"With the success that we had last season it just breeds confidence throughout the squad and, for me, scoring goals was important. After having the World Cup experience I want to kick on. This is the best club for me to be at to kick on.

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“I think having a manager like Neil Lennon who backs me and every player in the squad, that’s who you want to play for. And the fans have also been on at me on social media since the break, so it’s nice to be wanted and valued.

“I’m just glad I’m here.”

Maclaren could play for his new side as soon as Sunday in a league match against Motherwell.

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