Dillon Barnes has opened up on life in Edinburgh following his loan move to Hibernian from Queen’s Park Rangers.

Barnes joined the Hibees on a season-long deal in September to provide competition for first-choice keeper, Ofir Marciano.

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Dillon Barnes warms up ahead of the League Cup clash between Hibernian and Dundee (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

He hasn’t managed to dislodge the Israel international yet, but he has made four appearances in the League Cup.

The most recent of those outings came in a 4-1 win over Dundee at Easter Road on Sunday and although he wasn’t overly worked by the visitors, he was grateful for the playing time.

“Since I have come in I have just trained as hard as I can,” he said. “Obviously, Ofir is off on international duty so that leaves me here and it’s good to get the opportunity, really.”

“We’re playing the same team again in the next round but you always face new challenges. It would be good to get involved. I’m enjoying every minute of it and it’s always good to get wins as well. That’s a bonus.”

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Ofir Marciano is Hibs’ no.1. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The 6ft 4″ keeper had exclusively played in England prior to this loan switch, but he says he was sold on the move north of the border by four figures at QPR with connections to Scottish football.

“Liam (Kelly’s) down there and Lee Wallace and the gaffer (Mark Warburton) were up here as well,” he said. “They just told me it’s a great country, a great city, and it’s good to be up here.”

“I spoke to Seny Dieng as well and he said to me to get up here, it’s a great league and a great experience. The league here is a very good level – there’s a really good tempo to the game and great players.

“I haven’t experienced the full Edinburgh yet because of lockdown, but it’s a lovely city, lovely people, and I am enjoying it.

“This is a massive club. It’s different scenery as well, a different country. It’s a good life experience as well as a football experience.”

Barnes is set to drop down to the bench when Hibernian take on Celtic in the Premiership on Saturday, but he stands a good chance of being brought back in for the League Cup Last 16 clash against Dundee on 28th November.

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