Martin Boyle: Hibernian return will let me enjoy football again | Football news

Hibernian striker Martin Boyle will never regret his move to Saudi Arabia but is happy to be back in the place he calls home and just wants to “enjoy football” again.

The 29-year-old returned to Easter Road on a three-year deal earlier this month following a seven-month spell at Saudi Arabian side Al Faisaly.

While he is glad Hibs “made a big play” to bring him back to Edinburgh, he is still glad he went to the Middle East to try something different.

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Boyle has returned to Hibs after traveling to Saudi Arabia in January

“I enjoyed my time there, I played the Champions League and there was some experience as well,” he shared Sky Sports.

“It’s different, they have VAR over there and I think there are a lot more technical players, there aren’t as many unexpected challenges flying in.

“It’s just a different culture. It’s warmer weather, I was working out at night, staying up through the night and different eating habits.

“It’s homely here, you enjoy what you’re used to and luckily I’m back.”

Boyle made an immediate impact when he began his second spell at Hibs, scoring a 95th-minute equalizer against Hearts in the Edinburgh derby.

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Boyle marked his return to Hibernian with a dramatic stoppage-time equalizer against local rivals Hearts

“I think it’s the first game I’ve woken up and been a bit nervous about because I didn’t know where I was fitness-wise,” the Australia international said.

“I hadn’t really had match sharpness and played a match for over a month, but the matches usually sort themselves out.

“The adrenaline, the atmosphere was electric and I was itching to get on and those moments don’t come around often.

“It’s definitely a moment I’ll remember for a long time.”

Boyle now hopes his experience can help Hibernian regain their place in the top half of the Scottish Premiership after a disappointing campaign saw them finish eighth last season.

“Obviously the expectation levels will be high and rightly so,” he added.

“I just need to continue to work hard, perform and help my teammates. It’s a pretty young team, so I have to help them along the way.

“I’d say I’m pretty fit. I had a long break but I looked after myself when I was away and I’ve obviously come back and managed to make an impact in my first game.

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Johnson: We need some experience

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Hibernian boss Lee Johnson analyzes the club’s start to the season, looks forward to the game against Rangers and discusses transfer news

Hibs manager Lee Johnson told Sky Sports he is not done in the transfer window as he looks to add some experience to his young squad.

“Ideally I’d like to add a couple if I’m honest with you,” he said. “We’re a young side, I think probably the youngest starting 11 in the first two out of three games in the SPFL.

“And it comes with huge potential but of course at times you just want that ‘dad’ or experience around. We’ve got quite a few injured at the moment but when those players come back it will be like new signings.

“I think because where we are as a football club, we are in a good place. We just have to trust it and keep believing. Big games and big performances, which we can produce on Saturday, give us every opportunity to continue to build that momentum.”

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