Sean Welsh wins new Hibernian contract

Hibs midfielder Sean Welsh
Welsh has yet to break into the first-team at Easter Road

Hibernian midfielder Sean Welsh has been given a new one-year contract.

Welsh skippered the Edinburgh club's Under-19s to a league and cup double in 2009 but has seen his progress hindered by a series of injuries.

The 21-year-old was farmed out to Stirling Albion in February and played 17 games for the side that finished bottom of Division One.

Welsh told the club website: "Hibernian is where I want to be and it's great the manager has shown faith in me."

The midfielder survived boss Colin Calderwood's cull of 10 players at the end of the season.

And Hibs say the new deal means that Welsh will remain at the Scottish Premier League club until at least the end of season 2011/12.

"I am delighted to have signed a new deal," he added.

"I hope to repay the faith shown in me by working hard and pushing for a place in the team."

Welsh's contract follows a similar deal for goalkeeper Graham Stack, while Ivan Sproule has returned to Easter Road after the Northern Ireland winger left Bristol City.

Hibs said in April that decisions were "pending" on the futures of two other out-of-contract players, midfielder Liam Miller, striker Ricardo Vaz Te and defender Francis Dickoh.

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