Killen signs for Hibs

Last updated : 27 January 2006 By The Chairman
Latics top earner Chris Killen has joined Scottish Premier League club Hibernian for a free transfer on an 18-month contract. Killen has been jinxed by injuries on and off in his time at Boundary Park. He made 79 starts and 33 substitute appearances and netted a total of 31 goals. His best season was when he finished as leading scorer with 15 goals in 30 appearances. Killen also picked up 21 international caps along the way for New Zealand after joining Oldham from Manchester City for a £250,000 transfer three years ago.

Hibs approached the Latics several weeks ago with a view to taking him on trial but the offer was rejected but manager Tony Mowbray rekindled his interest as his team are challenging for a UEFA Cup place and need backup up front. Mowbray said, “We have been looking at Chris for some time and thought we might get him last season. He then went on a purple patch of scoring goals and ceased to be available. I have brought in Chris to provide competition and not to replace anyone. If I can get him on the pitch I am sure he will score goals for us as he has a good goalscoring record.”

Chris sees it as a great move and said, “It is a great opportunity and I am really looking forward to playing in the Scottish Premier League. Hibs have a local derby at Hearts on Saturday and the week after that play Rangers at Ibrox and you don’t get bigger matches than them. It is only in the last couple of weeks that I have been back in the first team. In the six to eight weeks before that I was not involved, which was not due to a lack of fitness. That is in the past. I have moved on and I am looking forward to the future. I can’t wait to get started at Hibs.”

All at Oldham Mad wish Chris the best with his new challenge at Hibs.