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Hibs defender David Gray retires and takes up coaching role

The Scottish Cup winning captain has drawn a line under his playing career.

Hibs defender David Gray retires and takes up coaching role SNS Group

Hibernian have announced that defender David Gray, who captained the club to their Scottish Cup win in 2016, has retired from playing but taken on a coaching role at the club.

The Easter Road favourite will take on a role within head coach Jack Ross’ backroom team with immediate effect.

Gray joined Hibs in 2014 and became a mainstay of the first team but secured his place in the club’s history books when he headed the wining goal against Rangers in the Scottish Cup final five years ago, ending a 114-year wait to lift the trophy. The 33-year-old was also a key part of the side that won the Championship a year later and has made over 120 appearances for the club.

“It’s been an absolute privilege and honour to play for, and captain, Hibernian,” Gray told Hibs’ website.

“Now it’s time for me to take the next step in my career and I’d like to thank the gaffer and the club for this opportunity.

“I also want to thank all the players I’ve played with throughout my time and also a massive thank you to all the supporters for all the support they have given me.”

Hibs have announced that Gray will be given a testimonial match, with details to be announced soon.

Hibs head coach Jack Ross paid tribute to Gray’s efforts as a player and said that he would have a lot to contribute in his new role.

“I am delighted to welcome Dave to the coaching team at the club,” he said.

“Throughout my time here, he has demonstrated brilliant leadership qualities and a desire to learn about the game from a tactical and man management perspective.

“I am excited about helping Dave with the next stage of his career, and look forward to him assisting the staff and myself in raising demands, standards and achievements throughout the season ahead.”

Graeme Mathie, Hibs’ sporting director, said: “When Jack first broached the concept of David Gray becoming first team coach it was clearly a no brainer from every perspective.

“It has been said so many times but David has been every bit the leader throughout his time at the club and particularly through last season even when his playing time became more limited.

“We are delighted to support David’s transition into coaching and are also pleased that the club have agreed to recognise his significant contribution to Hibernian by way of a testimonial.

“His contributions on the field need no further mention and I’ve no doubt he will approach this new chapter in his life with the same level of dedication and professionalism.”