Hibs sign ex Hearts defender Faycal Rherras on loan

Hibs have just announced the signing of former Hearts defender Faycal Rherras on loan.

The Moroccan international defender joins the Hibees on loan for the rest of the season from Belgian side KV Mechelen.

The full-back left Tynecastle in May last year, after 23 games and 1 goal, before moving to Belgium on a free.

Speaking to the official club website, he said:

 “I am very happy to be joining Hibs, it is a move that I hope will work well for myself and for the club.

“I have played in Scotland before with Hearts, so know what the game is like here and enjoyed it a lot, especially as I know the city of Edinburgh well from my previous time here.

"The atmosphere at Easter Road in last year's derby was something special - it left a big impression on me and hopefully I can experience similar in my time here.

“My goal is to try and play as much as possible. The squad here is good, but I would like to try my best to help the team during my time here and I can do that best by playing on the pitch.”

Hibs boss Neil Lennon added:

“Faycal is a very good player to be bringing into the squad and brings with him a wealth of experience.

“He is only 24 and has a lot of good quality experience in the top-flight in Belgium and Scotland, as well as at international level.

“His previous experience in Scotland will no doubt be a positive as he knows what to expect from the league.

“We were looking to get some cover in at full-back, and Faycal comes in to provide strong competition which can only be good for the squad.”

Rherras becomes Hibs third signing of the January transfer window, following Jamie Maclaren and Jamie Bain to Easter Road on loan deals.

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