Cillian Sheridan delighted to join Hibs on trial

By Annie McGuireBBC Sport Scotland
Cillian Sheridan in action against Argentina
Sheridan has played three times for the Republic of Ireland

Former Celtic striker Cillian Sheridan is delighted to be spending a week on trial with Hibernian.

The 22-year-old has failed to settle in Bulgaria after signing a three-year deal with CSKA Sofia in August 2010.

"I'm just hopeful to come here and impress and hopefully get something out of it," said the Republic of Ireland international.

"The training was good and all the lads have been brilliant with me, so I am looking forward to the week ahead."

Other clubs are believed to be interested in the striker, but he feels he can add something to the set up at Easter Road.

"I feel I can offer Hibs goals," he said. "If I'm playing then hopefully I'm scoring. That's my objective."

Sheridan says language difficulties and upheaval at the Bulgarian club have been to blame for him not settling at CSKA Sofia.

"I had one training session with the first manager - and then he left," he said.

"Then another one got sacked, then they brought in another one and it just didn't work out under him.

"Now they're on a really good run, so I wasn't in a position to be demanding a place in the team.

"It's like any Eastern European team; the language and the way of life are difficult to get used to."

Sheridan was spotted by Hibs manager Colin Calderwood while he was on loan at Plymouth in 2009, during a match against Newcastle United.

At the time, Calderwood was first-team coach with the Magpies, but Sheridan is unperturbed by reports linking the Easter Road boss with a move back to England.

"It doesn't affect me, I'm just here to impress - so the speculation about the manager is not really an issue for me," he added.

"It's the first time I've seen the facilities at Hibs and I've been very impressed with that."

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