For­mer Old Gold striker ready to make im­pact after Scot­tish switch

Llanelli Star - - SOCCER -

FOR­MER Car­marthen Town striker Chris­tian Doidge has signed for Hiber­nian.

The 26-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Scot­tish Premier­ship club for an undis­closed fee.

Doidge has made the move north from League Two side For­est Green Rovers. Dur­ing a pro­duc­tive spell with the Green Army, he net­ted 66 goals in 122 ap­pear­ances.

The for­mer Southamp­ton youth prod­uct joined Car­marthen in 2013 after spells with Cwm­bran Celtic and Barry Town. And he made an im­me­di­ate im­pact as in just his sec­ond game he ap­peared as a sub­sti­tute to help the Old Gold win the League Cup.

Dur­ing his time at Rich­mond Park he scored 19 goals in 43 games.

He later moved to Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge be­fore link­ing up with For­est Green.

Now he gets the chance to show­case his abil­ity in the Scot­tish Premier­ship after Hibs manager Paul Heck­ing­bot­tom fought off the at­ten­tions of other clubs to land his man.

He said: “We think Chris­tian’s sign­ing is a real state­ment of in­tent and I’m de­lighted we were able to fend off other in­ter­ested clubs to se­cure his sig­na­ture.

“The re­cruit­ment staff here have been look­ing at Chris­tian for a while now and he’s also some­one who was on my radar.

“We think he’s well suited to Scot­tish football, whether that’s lead­ing the line or work­ing with a part­ner.

“Chris­tian is in­tel­li­gent, has good move­ment, scores dif­fer­ent types of goals, can han­dle him­self phys­i­cally and will press well from the front.

“He gives us something dif­fer­ent up top.”

Doidge added: “I like get­ting after the ball with a high workrate, making a nui­sance of my­self for defenders and play­ing off the shoul­der.

“I like to at­tack crosses — just an all-round num­ber nine re­ally.”

Chris­tian Doidge cel­e­brates scor­ing for For­est Green Rovers.

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