Han­dling signs on dot­ted line for Sons

Evening Times - - SPORT - By ALAN TEM­PLE

DUM­BAR­TON have snapped up Danny Han­dling on a free trans­fer af­ter the ver­sa­tile at­tacker agreed to ter­mi­nate his con­tract with Hibs.

The 23-year-old had a year left to run on his deal at Easter Road but, hav­ing been deemed sur­plus to re­quire­ments by head coach Neil Len­non, he agreed to leave the club by mu­tual con­sent last night.

Sev­eral clubs in the Cham­pi­onship and League 1 were keen on Han­dling, how­ever the Sons won the race for his sig­na­ture. He has penned a one-year deal with Ste­vie Aitken’s men.

Han­dling, who leaves the Hibees with a record of five goals in 65 ap­pear­ances, was con­sid­ered a hot prospect when he burst on to the scene dur­ing the 2012/13 sea­son, mak­ing 18 ap­pear­ances as they reached the Scot­tish Cup fi­nal.

That prom­ise was un­der­lined when he was handed a bumper con­tract un­til 2018.

How­ever his ca­reer h has been rav­aged by in in­jury, with dev­as­tat­ing c cru­ci­ate knee lig­a­ment d dam­age en­sur­ing he missed the en­tirety of theh 2015/16 sea­son.

With the first half of la last sea­son in­ter­rupted b by an­other knee in­jury he spent the tail-end of theh cam­paign on loan with Raith Rovers and, de­spite im­press­ing in h his seven out­ings, he w was un­able to stop the fr free-fall­ing Fifers from b be­ing rel­e­gated to L League 1.

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