Hibs stalwart Paul Hanlon granted testimonial after a decade in the first team

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport

HIBERNIAN stalwart Paul Hanlon has been awarded a testimonial in recognition of his 10 years in the Easter Road first-team.

The 28-year-old has made 335 appearances for the club since debuting under Mixi Paatelainen in January 2008, scoring 19 goals.

Hanlon, who was given a maiden Scotland call-up for the friendly against the Netherlands in November, has lifted the Championship title and the 2016 Scottish Cup since making the breakthrough.

Details for a host of events throughout the year are set to be announced in the coming weeks.

Hanlon, who will line up against Hearts this evening, said: “I’m delighted to receive a testimonial. Starting off as a 16-year-old leaving school it’s something I could only dream of – playing for the club I supported for so many years.

“Pulling on the strip is something I’m so proud to do every week, and hopefully I can continue to do that for many years to come.

“The club has evolved so much from the time I’ve started, and we’re in a great position now to keep progressing.

“We’ve got a lot to play for between now and the end of the season and everyone’s focus is on finishing as high up the table as possible, but when the time comes it’ll be nice to reflect on the last 10 years.”

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