Hibs star Joe Newell has admitted the appointment of Jack Ross at Easter Road turned his Hibs career around after being forced to play out wide by previous boss Paul Heckingbotton following his move to Scotland.

Newell has been a key part of Ross’ side in the middle of the park but the Englishman spent much of his early days at Easter Road playing out wide – something he cites as the reason he rejected the chance to stay in England.

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While Newell admits it may have been forced upon former Hibs boss Heckingbottom, he is glad to be playing centrally under Jack Ross as his Hibs career goes from strength to strength.

“One of the reasons I came up here was because Hecky told me that he wanted to use me centrally, so that was why I signed, to be honest. The teams down south wanted to sign me as a winger but Hecky wanted me in the middle,” Newell said.

“When Martin Boyle got injured in the summer in my first season that didn’t help. We were quite short out wide – I think we had Daryl Horgan on one side, me on the other, and not much else.

“Whether that forced Hecky’s hand I don’t know but when I joined I didn’t get a chance in the middle until Jack Ross came in.

“As sad as it it to say, because Hecky is a top bloke and a really good guy, my Hibs career turned around when he left and Jack came in.”

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