Jamaica cap Chris Humphrey eager to ‘hit ground running’ at Hibs after leaving Preston North End

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CHRIS Humphrey is determined to make an instant impression at Easter Road – after quickly buying son Cody a Hibs strip.

The former Motherwell winger has returned north on a deal lasting for the rest of the season and has already insisted he has no intention of leaving.

The 29-year-old has set his sights on helping the capital outfit – who he recalls enjoying a remarkable 6-6 draw with in 2010 – to the Championship title and promotion back to the top-flight.

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And the Jamaica internationalist is keen to hit the ground running against Dundee United on Friday night after falling out of favour at Preston North End in recent times following his switch from Motherwell in 2013.

With a near-capacity crowd expected at Easter Road, Humphrey said: “I’m just really excited. It’s nice to have that excitement back into playing again.

“It would be some game to go into, really fantastic. My son, Cody, will be coming up and my daughter Amelia as well.

“My son really loves football. He’s only four so he can’t understand why I won’t be playing at Preston again. But I’ve already got him a Hibs top so he’s happy.

“When he comes up and goes to the game and sees the crowd I’m sure he’ll love it. It just makes it a bit more special.

“I have settled in really well and if we can get back to the Premiership, then why not stay? It would have to be something out of this world, amazing for me to go. It’s a massive club.

“I am here to try and offer my services to try to help get us back in the Premiership.”

PARTNERSHIP

Humphrey’s move to Hibs reunites him with former Shrewsbury Town team-mate Grant Holt and it is a relationship he is hopeful will prove as fruitful this time round.

He added: “We scored 30 goals between us that season – he got 28 and I got two!

“To be fair, I think I got seven or eight assists so I got him that move to Norwich City, I think!

“I had a great time with him at Shrewsbury. I know his game and what he’s all about. He’s a handful but a great lad as well.

“It’s been easy to feel my way in, with him here. I’m really looking forward to playing with him.

“I definitely feel we can get our partnership up and running again.

“The way everyone’s been training here I feel that I’m getting to know the way the boys play and what I need to look out for on the pitch.

“I’ve got that straight away so that’s helped me settle in. I’m really looking forward to playing again, I’m fit and ready to play.”

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