Hibernian: James Keatings and Fraser Fyvie sign two-year deals

Former Hearts striker James Keatings (left) has signed a two-year deal with Edinburgh rivals Hibernian
Former Hearts striker James Keatings (left) has signed a two-year deal with Edinburgh rivals Hibernian

Hibernian have signed former Hearts striker James Keatings on a two-year deal to help spearhead the Edinburgh club's promotion bid.

He scored 11 goals in 33 appearances for the Tynecastle side last season as they won the Championship.

Fraser Fyvie has also signed a new two-year contract with Alan Stubbs's side.

"The fact we've got this deal done and Fraser's new contract is a positive sign about how we want to drive the club forward," Stubbs told Hibs TV.

Keatings, 23, began his career at Celtic and had spells at St Johnstone and Hamilton before moving to Edinburgh last summer.

"I definitely believe Hibs can go up as champions," said the striker.

"I saw the quality in the team whenever I played against them last season and Hibs probably deserved more than they achieved.

"But there's a new season coming up now and I'll be aiming to make it three promotions for me and I'm sure the club will be targeting that too."

He added: "I had other options to go elsewhere and to play in the Premiership.

"But one of the big factors that persuaded me to come here was the manager and I believe he can make me become a much better player.

"Hibs are a big club and the manager has ambitious plans for the future.

"Everything pointed towards this move being the right decision for me and my career."

Alan Stubbs passes on instructions to Fraser Fyvie
Alan Stubbs says Fraser Fyvie's commitment to the Easter Road side is a "real coup"

Fyvie came to prominence at Aberdeen where he played more than 50 times before signing for Wigan in July 2012.

Loan spells at Yeovil and Shrewsbury preceded a move to Leith on a short-term deal until the summer.

Fyvie said: "This was an easy and exciting decision to make.

"I'd like to thank the manager and the club for the faith they've shown in me. Moving back up to Scotland has been really beneficial to my career."

"I'm massively excited about what we can achieve next season."

The 22-year-old made 17 appearances for Hibs after joining on a free transfer from Wigan in January.

"The manager gave me a platform to play games and I wanted to repay him by committing my future to the club for the next two years," said the former Scotland under-21 international.

"I also wanted to get everything sorted out as quickly as possible, so that I could plan ahead with my family.

"I think we just missed out last season; everyone came away from it disappointed, but I'm confident that next season we can take the extra step and go up.

"Everyone within the squad believes we've started to build something special here at the club and now we want to kick on and achieve success."

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