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Hibs have signed striker Christian Doidge from Forest Green Rovers on a three-year deal subject to international clearance.

The 26-year-old became a fans’ favourite with the League two side after an impressive return of 66 goals in 122 games.

The number nine will join his team-mates at the club’s Training Centre as the squad step up their pre-season preparations.

Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom told Hibernian Media: “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 felt like I knew exactly what he wanted from me within 10 seconds. He’s very clear in his instructions and I think it will really suit my game.

“I’m looking forward to working under him.

“I like getting after the ball with a high work-rate, making a nuisance of myself for defenders and playing off the shoulder. I like to attack crosses – just an all-round number nine, really.”