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CONFIRMED: BOYLE SEALS HIBS RETURN

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MARTIN BOYLE has completed a dramatic return to Hibs – but there will be no appearance in the Edinburgh derby at Easter Road tomorrow.

The 29-year-old Australian international forward left the Leith side in a £3million move to Saudia Arabian outfit Al-Faisaly in January.

However, the Asian club were relegated at the end of their season and Hibs say they have reached an agreement with the Saudi club to bring back the fans’ favourite, according to a report on BBC Scotland.

There are plans to parade Boyle before the midday kick-off before the head-to-head with Hearts, but he will NOT be in Lee Johnson’s squad.

The capital club’s hierarchy inserted a buy-back clause in the deal with Al-Faisaly and the team boss revealed the transfer “won’t be cheap” and added: “It would have to take a big investment from the ownership.”

Despite his departure at the turn of the year, Boyle was the club’s top scorer with 14 goals.

The highlight of his campaign was his first-half hat-trick against Rangers in the side’s 3-1 victory in the Premier Sports League Cup semi-final in November. He played in the Final, but was in the losing line-up when two goals from Kyogo Furuhashi gave Celtic a 2-1 triumph and the silverware.

Having started his career at Montrose, Boyle joined Hibs from Dundee in 2015, initially on loan, and scored 65 goals in 265 appearances.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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