Hibs defender Sean Mackie has signed a new three-year contract with the Hibees and hopes he can take his chance to push Easter Road legend Lewis Stevenson out of the starting XI.

Mackie looks set to get a chance to impress during the Betfred Cup group stage with Stevenson out with a calf injury and hopes he can use it to cement his place in Paul Heckingbottom’s side.

29th December 2018, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hibernian versus Heart of Midlothian; Sean Mackie of Hibernian and Marcus Godinho of Hearts compete for possession of the ball

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The former Raith Rovers left-back made 11 appearances last season and admits he couldn’t sign “quick enough” when he was offered new terms.

“When George (Craig) told me about the offer, I couldn’t sign it quick enough. I want to keep developing and get even more senior games under my belt,” Mackie said, as quoted by Deadline News.

I was absolutely gutted for Lewy (Stevenson) when he picked up that injury but I know for a fact that he’ll bounce back stronger – he’s an unbelievable professional.

“But I know it’s a chance for me to challenge for that spot.

“I want to show up well during pre-season and, if I get my chance during the Betfred Cup, perform well and prove to the gaffer that I’m ready to keep the jersey.”

The Hibees will be keen to make a strong start to the League Cup and book their place in the second round with the minimum of fuss.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 09: Lewis Stevenson of Hibs applauds the crowd as he walk around the pitch after his testimonial match with Sunderland during the pre season friendly between Hibernian and Sunderland at Easter Road on July 9, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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After picking up assists against both Rangers and Celtic last season, Mackie could prove to be an influential player going forward for Hibs.

While it’s going to be a tough ask to keep Stevenson out of the side, having the chance to appear in the early games should really help Mackie stake his claim for regular action.

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