Hibs target quality keeper

Leamington Hibs player-coach Rich Kay says recruiting a new number one is a priority for the Midland Combination Division Two side after the loss of Marion Gebaur.

Kay has managed to retain the services of the bulk of last season’s squad but says the loss of keeper Gebaur, who has returned home to Eastern Europe, will be keenly felt.

“I’m happy to say that the majority of the squad are re-signing for next season,” said Kay.

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“Three to four are making the step-up from the youth team after performing so well at the end of the season and four or five new faces will be involved in pre-season that will add real quality.

“It’s no secret we need a keeper after losing Maz, who was superb. But I am working hard to bring someone in with real quality as it is an important position.”

Hibs have strengthened on the managerial side with Tim O’Mahoney stepping up alongside Kay and Paddy Ferrell as player-coach.

“It’s something myself and Paddy have spoken about for some time,” said Kay.

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“Tim is Hibs through and through and brings great qualities to the management team.

“He is well respected by the lads and is looking forward to combining his playing with having an input on team proceedings.”

Hibs kick off their pre-season campaign with a trip to Stockton on July 4 and Kay says the new management set-up are aware the areas they have to improve to build on last season’s mid-table finish.

“We had such a strong finish to the season which has raised expectation levels.

“But to compete at the top end of the league we have to win games every week, show greater consistency and be more clinical in front of goal.”

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