Hibs set for Shiels talks

Last updated : 03 July 2012 By Steve Forbes

Hibs have today been linked with a move for former player Dean Shiels.

The 27-year-old attacking midfielder spent the last 12 months with Kimarnock and had an outstanding season in Ayrshire.

He scored 10 goals from midfield, including the winner in the League Cup Semi Final win over Ayr United.

Shiels was part of the side that went on to beat Celtic in the final, with a 1-0 win at Hampden Park.

He was also nominated for SPL Player of the Year.

The Northern Ireland international initially joined Killie from Doncaster on loan, but negotiated his release from the Championship side in January and signed a 6 month deal at Rugby Park.

According to a number of tabloids this morning, Hibs boss Pat Fenlon is set to open talks with the free agent about a return to Easter Road. Shiels has already turned down a move to Hungarian side Debrencen.

Shiels left the Hibees in 2009 in a £50,000 transfer to Doncaster as his contract was about to run out in Edinburgh.

He played over 130 games for Hibs and scored 30 goals.

Shiels also became a firm favourite with Doncaster fans, but fell out of favour when they got a new manager, he played 80 games and scored 20 goals for the Championship side.

Shiels has also been capped 9 times for Northern Ireland, his last cap coming against Scotland at Hampden in 2008.