Stewart signs new deal
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hibernian midfielder Michael Stewart has signed a one-year contract with the club.
Hibernian midfielder Michael Stewart has signed a new one-year contract with his home-town club.
The former Manchester United player has done enough fitness-wise to earn a new 12-month deal at Easter Road, having missed the final six weeks of last season with a foot injury.
The 25-year-old will now have the opportunity to build on Tony Mowbray's faith in him, as Hibs are set to begin their preparations for the new Scottish Premier League season.
"Michael had missed a lot of football and we tried to give him as many games as we could to get him up to speed, to get him back in the groove," Mowbray told the Edinburgh Evening News.
"This coming season will be a big one for him, he knows he has to impress and yet when everyone is fit, he knows there will be strong competition to get into our midfield.
"He is relishing that challenge and looking forward to it. He thinks he has a lot more to come and if that is the case, we will look forward to seeing it.
"He was good at times last season and at other times, you could see he had not played a lot of football.
"Now I am looking forward to seeing if he can push on and find a consistency of performance level to cement a place in the side."
Meanwhile, Mowbray hopes to agree a deal with Celtic manager Gordon Strachan to allow striker Derek Riordan to join the Old Firm club before the new season begins.
The Scotland hit-man signed a pre-contract agreement with The Bhoys last month, with Riordan due to move to Parkhead in January after his existing Hibernian contract expires in October.
Strachan is hoping to avoid that scenario and Mowbray believes an agreement can be reached with their SPL rivals.
"I would be of a similar view, that it would be beneficial if something was agreed," he added.
"My main concern would be for the player, to make sure he does not get stuck in limbo for nearly three months.
"But at the same time there is a valuation and a worth on the remaining part of his contract and I am pretty sure a club of Celtic's stature will do the right thing by the player and try to make something happen."