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Galbraith joins Hibs from Man Utd

Daniel Galbraith
Galbraith signed for Manchester United from Hearts in 2005

Hibernian have signed winger Daniel Galbraith from Manchester United.

The Edinburgh club have also confirmed that winger Alan O'Brien's contract has been cancelled by mutual consent.

Galashiels-born 19-year-old Galbraith, who can also play in central midfield, started his career with Hearts before moving to Old Trafford.

Galbraith said: "I enjoyed my time at Manchester United but the time was right for me to seek a new challenge with first-team football my main aim."

United paid £50,000 for Galbraith in 2005 when he reached his 16th birthday and before he had made the breakthrough into the Hearts first team.

The teenager has been selected for the Scottish national side at every level so far in his career but predicts he will have a battle on his hands before making his debut for Edinburgh's other senior club.

I'm really looking forward to working with Daniel as he will provide great competition for places and I'm sure we're going to get the best out of him

Hibernian manager John Hughes

"I know that will be a tough task in itself as there are a lot of quality players in my age group stepping up from the successful Hibernian Under-19 side," Galbraith told the Hibs website.

"But I've never shied away from a challenge in my career."

Galbraith joins Patrick Cregg at Easter Road as John Hughes starts to build a refreshed side following the departure of Mixu Paatelainen.

Cregg became Hughes' first signing as Hibernian manager after the midfielder followed him from Scottish Premier League rivals Falkirk.

Hibernian manager John Hughes added: "Daniel was unlucky with injuries at Manchester United but is very young with good energy about the park.

"He has his whole career ahead of him and has shown he can play a variety of positions on the left-hand side.

"I'm really looking forward to working with him as he will provide great competition for places and I'm sure we're going to get the best out of him."

The 24-year-old O'Brien has been released after failing to become a first-team regular at Easter Road since arriving from Newcastle United in January 2007.

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