An outcast who left Arsenal for another club this month has revealed how a current Gunners defender convinced him to join his new team.
Custodian Matt Macey joined Scottish outfit Hibernian for an undisclosed fee this week.
The 26-year-old has made two senior appearances for the club, both coming in 2017. He then enjoyed loan spells at Plymouth Argyle and Luton Town.
Hibs were facing a goalkeeping crisis after back-up Dillon Barnes was recalled by QPR with number one Ofir Marciano currently injured.
However, their worries have now been quelled after securing Macey’s services. His first game sees him take on Celtic this weekend, Kieran Tierney’s boyhood and former club.
Speaking to the Hibernian club website, Macey described how the Gunners defender had encouraged him to make the move north of the border.
“I spoke to Kieran Tierney at length about the opportunity to come to Hibs, about Scottish football and the country in general,” he said.
“Kieran was really positive about every aspect of it, whether it was the club or Edinburgh itself.
“As I said, I was already keen to come but it was good to hear him talk so enthusiastically about it all. He backed up the gut feeling I had.
“Kieran’s someone I have a lot of time for and he’s probably one of the first names on the team-sheet – if not the first – at Arsenal just now.
“Facing Celtic on Monday would be a great one to start with. It’s already come up in conversation with Kieran.
“He isn’t exactly subtle about the team he supports so I think the well-wishes from him would last until kick-off.
“Personally, it would be an exciting game to be involved in. I’m fit and raring to go.”
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Seizing the opportunity
Macey explained how he feels he is now ready to taste regular first-team action. He noted the amount he learned during his Arsenal days.
He continued: “I really enjoyed my time at Arsenal, but this feels like an opportunity that I’ve been waiting for. I want to kick-start my career.
“The last few years haven’t gone the way I would have planned, but that’s always the trade-off when you’re at a massive club with world-class players. It’s an opportunity to play in games that matter and the thought of that is really exciting.
“Arsenal gave me a great education and I’ve had the chance to work with some amazing coaches and players. I had some incredible experiences, especially on the road for some big games.”
Macey will now hope to showcase the skills he built up during his time in London for his new club.