Joe Newell wants to sample European football after signing a new deal at Hibs until the summer of 2023.

The midfielder has turned into a fans’ favourite this term in the middle of the park, making 52 Hibees appearances since arriving in the summer of 2019.

Newell is a long-term Hibs man.

Newell is a long-term Hibs man. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

With Hibs currently in third place in the Scottish Premiership, Newell says European football is the aim: “I’m really pleased to have agreed the contract and it was an easy decision, to be honest. I’ve said consistently how happy I am here, on and off the pitch.

“If it’s taken a bit of time to get it finalised then it’s because there was never any need to rush it from either side. My focus has been on getting back fit and it was a relief to be back involved on Saturday.

“We’re in a great position to push on and make it a special season. Beyond that, I spoke to the gaffer and Graeme Mathie about their plans for the club in general and it was all positive. I want to be part of that.

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Ross has tied him down. (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group via Getty Images)

“The news seems to have been a bit more positive recently in the wider world. Having supporters back for a crack at European football is something I’d love to experience.”

Hibs manager Jack Ross added: “Joe is a really good player who has enjoyed a terrific season. He’s thrived playing centrally and I believe he can continue to improve. His ambitions and the club’s ambitions are very much aligned.”

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