Hibernian sign Finland international striker Shefki Kuqi on one-year deal

The ex-Blackburn striker has joined Pat Fenlon’s side after watching last Sunday’s Edinburgh derby.

Finland international Shefqi Kuqi
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Hibernian have signed former Blackburn and Newcastle United striker Shefki Kuqi on a one-year deal.

The Finland international watched the club’s 1-1 draw with Hearts in the Edinburgh derby and agreed to become Pat Fenlon’s eighth summer capture.

The 35-year-old spent last season at Oldham Athletic, scoring 16 goals in 49 appearances for the League One outfit.

However he has now agreed to join the capital club as they aim to improve on last season’s 11th place SPL finish.

He told the club’s official website: "That was my first taste of Scottish football and I was overwhelmed by the passion and enthusiasm shown by the Hibernian supporters.

"Even when Hibernian went a goal down, the crowd kept backing the team and were rewarded with a good performance - that definitely impressed me.

"If the players and supporters can work together then I believe we can enjoy some good times at Hibernian and I'm excited about the next challenge in my career.

"I've played all around Europe and in some top leagues such as the Premiership in England and now I'm looking forward to the challenge of playing in the SPL.

"The Hibernian team is still developing and I'm excited about using the experience I've gained to help the team get to where we need to be.

"Hopefully the supporters will recognise that I will give my all for the benefit of the team and that I will score some goals."

Fenlon hopes Kuqi’s arrival can help bolster his side’s attack, adding: "We pinpointed the forward department as an area that urgently needed strengthening, but it was crucial that we made the right signing.

"With Shefki, what you see is what you get - he is an old fashioned target man, who can hold the ball up and get his head on the end of corners.

"He offers us something totally different to what we had before and his wealth of knowledge will not only help the team right away, but also help the development of our young strikers such as Ross Caldwell and Danny Handling.

"He is yet another strong-minded player and a good character, who will have a massive part to play for us this season."

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