David Gray has announced his retirement from football at 33 following an illustrious spell with Hibs, taking up a role as first-team coach at Easter Road.

The right-back joined Hibs in 2014 and is now a fully-fledged legend at the club, having captained Hibs to Scottish Cup success in 2016, scoring the winner to seal the trophy for the first time in 114 years. He now links up with head coach Jack Ross as part of the coaching staff at the cinch Premiership club.

Hanging up his boots. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Gray said: “It’s been an absolute privilege and honour to play for, and captain, Hibernian. Now it’s time for me to take the next step in my career and I’d like to thank the gaffer and the club for this opportunity. I also want to thank all the players I’ve played with throughout my time and also a massive thank you to all the supporters.”

Ross added: “I am delighted to welcome Dave to the coaching team at the club. Throughout my time here, he has demonstrated brilliant leadership qualities and a desire to learn about the game from a tactical and man management perspective.

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“I am excited about helping Dave with the next stage of his career, and look forward to him assisting the staff and myself in raising demands, standards and achievements throughout the season ahead.”

Ross' new Hibs coach.

Ross’ new Hibs coach. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

A testimonial will be arranged for Gray in due course to commemorate his service to Hibs. Sporting director Graeme Mathie said: “When Jack first broached the concept of David Gray becoming first team coach it was clearly a no brainer from every perspective.

“It has been said so many times but David has been every bit the leader throughout his time at the club and particularly through last season even when his playing time became more limited.  We are delighted to support David’s transition into coaching.

“We are also pleased that the club have agreed to recognise his significant contribution to Hibernian by way of a testimonial. His contributions on the field need no further mention. I’ve no doubt he will approach this new chapter in his life with the same level of dedication and professionalism.”

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