Hibernian’s new signing Dylan Vente relished his goalscoring debut against Luzern and said the atmosphere at Easter Road was something special.
Vente was given a surprise start in the Europa Conference League qualifier by Lee Johnston, just days after finalising his move to the club from Roda JC.
And the striker had the ideal introduction to the club’s support as he set up his side’s first goal for Joe Newell, then scored the second in a 3-1 win that puts them in pole position for the play-offs and a test against Aston Villa.
The Dutchman was happy to hit the ground running so quickly after making the switch to Leith.
“Yesterday I heard from the coach that I would play and I was excited to play here at Easter Road for my first game,” he said. “A day like this I think is the best way, 3-1 for us and to score a goal.
“So a great feeling, great atmosphere as well. I’m a happy guy.
“It’s a dream, I think as a striker, if you play your debut, you always want to score. And, when I scored, I don’t remember it. Even so, it’s a great feeling.”
A packed Easter Road had plenty to shout about as the team got on the front foot under the floodlights, and Vente said the support gave him extra motivation.
“My first four years I played for Feyenoord and it was also crazy atmosphere,” he said. “The last two years I played for Roda. It’s like the stadium is the same, but there were not that many fans as now.
“But I like the atmosphere as well here and that gives me an extra boost to play.”
Vente now hopes to add more goals in the weeks to come, and says he’s only getting started.
“That’s why I came here,” he said. “I hope that I will score more goals here. I hope it’s the first of many.
“It’s quite new for me. I’ve only trained, like, four or five times now but the the players gave me a warm welcome.
“I feel at home already, so that’s important.”