Jordon Forster admits he is delighted to have signed a two-year contract at Cheltenham Town after being told he would be a bit-part player at Hibs.
The defender has ended his seven-year association with the Easter Road side with a move to the English League Two outfit.
Forster made 23 appearances for Hibs in their Championship title-winning campaign but the permanent arrival of Efe Ambrose from Celtic has pushed the centre-half further down the pecking order.
Forster, who spent the second half of the 2015/16 campaign on loan at Plymouth Argyle, said: “It became clear to me that my game time at Hibernian might be limited, so when I heard that Cheltenham Town were interested I was very happy to speak to the manager Gary Johnson and I liked what I heard.
“He told me about his plans for the season and his philosophy.
“I also spoke to Liam Fontaine, who I know from Hibs, and he played for the manager at Bristol City and told me some good things – so I was more than happy to come down.
“I played about 16 or 17 games for Plymouth Argyle last season so I know what to expect in League Two and it’s a case now of getting a good pre-season done.”
Cheltenham manager Johnson believes the defender has a big role to play at Whaddon Road.
He said: “I’m really pleased that Jordon has come to join us.
“It’s great to have a player with as much experience as him at the age of only 23. He is a big strong player who has already played in some big games for Hibs.
“He broke his jaw while playing for Plymouth Argyle last season so he perhaps didn’t play as many games for them as planned but that experience will certainly be good for him and he will be a really good addition to our squad.”
Hibs, meanwhile, have announced that development squad defenders Kevin Waugh, 19, and Callum Donaldson, 17, have joined Berwick Rangers on loan until January.