Hibs boss Jack Ross has tonight confirmed that goalkeeper Ofir Marciano will be leaving the club this summer.
The 31-year-old's deal at Easter Road is up this summer, and he has told Ross he sees his future elsewhere and will not be signing a new contract.
Speaking to the press ahead of Saturday's Premiership clash with Ross County, The Hibees manager said:
“I can give clarification on Ofir’s situation.
“Ofir won’t accept the deal, won’t be taking up the offer of the contract beyond the expiry of the current one in the summer.
“He’s been open about that with me.
“We offered him the best we could within our structure.
“I think he’s at an important part of his career in terms of his future, he has a young family with another child on the way.
“He’s in his 30s now and he feels like his future lies elsewhere.
“I appreciate he has been open with me because we have that type of relationship, and it allows me to start to plan for life beyond the summer when he is not with us.
“We always do the best we can within our structure to keep our best players. But there’s always a ceiling on that – there has to be in order for us to keep moving the club forward.
“I read and hear some interesting comments in terms of our budget from people who are ridiculously ill-informed.
“We are miles away from being big spenders.
“We did the best we could and Ofir was respectful of that. Him and I enjoy a good relationship and the good thing is he felt comfortable enough to come and tell me his decision rather than it dragging on and it becoming problematic.”
Marciano joined Hibs from Ashdod in 2016 and has played 117 times for the club.
A huge loss for the Hibees.
Marciano has been the best keeper we have seen in a Hibs shirt since the days of Leighton, Goram and Rough.
Hibs boss Jack Ross has a big job on his hands this summer as he tries to replace Israel international.
Rocky probably sees his next contract as the biggest of his career, and Hibs haven't been able to match what he wanted.
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