Hibs forward Elias Melkersen joins Sparta Rotterdam on six-month loan

The forward has three goals for Hibs since joining a year ago.

Hibs forward Elias Melkersen joins Sparta Rotterdam on six-month loan SNS Group

Hibernian forward Elias Melkersen has joined Eredivisie side Sparta Rotterdam on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

The striker joined the Easter Road club in January 2022 from Norwegian side BodĆø/Glimt and has since gone on to make 29 appearances.

He has three goals in the last 12 months two against Motherwell in the Scottish Cup and one against Clyde in the League Cup group stages.

Sparta Rotterdam, who are currently sixth in the Eredivisie, have an option to purchase Elias for a seven-figure fee at the end of the loan deal.

Hibs confirmed the move on Monday.

Manager Lee Johnson said: ā€œElias is a player that has all the attributes to be a top number nine.

ā€œGiven the return of Kevin Nisbet, we believe now is the time for Elias to get regular starts to implement all the hard work heā€™s put into training.

ā€œIn Sparta Rotterdam, he has a club and therefore a vehicle to get regular starts to showcase his talents.ā€