Stack relishing Hibs fight
Graham Stack is relishing a fight for Hibernian's goalkeeper jersey after signing a two-year deal.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 07/08/09 2:41pm
Graham Stack is relishing a fight for the goalkeeper's jersey at Hibernian after completing his move to the SPL outfit.
The former Arsenal trainee, 27, has signed a two-year deal with the club after being released by Plymouth.
Stack had been training with Hibs but a hamstring problem prevented him making any pre-season appearances.
New manager John Hughes had seen enough to offer him a contract, though, and maintain competition for incumbent keeper Yves Ma-Kalambay following the departure of Grzegorz Szamotulski.
"I could see from the moment I arrived at the Hibernian training centre just how massive Hibernian is, and I'm delighted to be given the opportunity to play for this club," Stack told the club's official website.
"I realise that competition for the goalkeeping slot will not be easy. Yves Ma-Kalambay has established himself here and in Thomas Flynn the club already has a fine young goalkeeper who has just stepped up from the youth side.
"My aim will be to compete for a first-team place here and show the manager and the supporters that I'm worthy of a regular place in the side."
Stack had fallen out of favour at Plymouth soon after joining from Reading last summer and spoke to Hibs boss Hughes while he was in charge of Falkirk last season.
"I'm delighted that Graham has agreed to join us," Hughes added.
"A priority when I arrived at Hibernian was finding an experienced goalkeeper to provide competition and I feel we now have that.
"Graham is a player I've been aware of for some time. He has exactly the temperament I like to see in a goalkeeper: he is a big, agile lad and has a great deal of confidence in everything he does."