According to the Lancashire Evening Post, Hibs are set to finalise the loan signing of Preston goalkeeper Chris Maxwell shortly.

The Welshman was most recently with Charlton in League One. He didn’t make an appearance for the Addicks, having made eight appearances for Preston earlier in the campaign.

Maxwell is reportedly Hibs-bound. (photo by Shaun Brooks/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It may end his Preston career this move. His contract expires next Summer and they’re most likely not going to renew his deal at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

Maxwell will provide competition for Hibs

Hibs have been on the lookout for a backup goalkeeper since Adam Bogdan left the club.

Competition is key in the goalkeeper department and it is wise to have two ‘first team’ goalkeepers in and about the club. That way they both push each other for the number one spot.

Maxwell will push Marciano for a starting berth. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Ofir Marciano is Hibs’ undisputed number one. Maxwell won’t be coming in to replace him, he’ll be providing competition and keeping Marciano on his toes over the course of 2019/20.

From Maxwell’s point of view this move is a bit strange. Surely at 28 the Welshman will want to be an established number one somewhere? He’s decent stopper on his day.

Perhaps he sees Hibs as a club where he can work his way up to number one. Marciano won’t be at Hibs forever, whereas Maxwell isn’t going to do much better than the Hibees. The Welshman will likely be using this year to try and win a permanent deal next summer.

He’ll perhaps want a permanent switch. (Photo b Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)

As a backup to Marciano, Maxwell is a decent signing. He’ll provide reliable cover and push his seemingly soon-to-be Israeli teammate to his full potential this forthcoming season.

Have something to tell us about this article?