Former Forest Green Rovers frontman Christian Doidge will be aiming to return to the goal trail this afternoon and continue his impressive conversion rate in 2019 when new club Hibernian face Dunfermline in a pre-season friendly at East End Park.
The 26-year-old Newport-born goal machine joined Hibs in a reported £250,000 deal last month, the highest fee paid by the Leith-based club for a player since 2013.
Doidge failed to get off the mark during a cameo appearance for his new side in a 3-2 pre-season defeat at Ladbrokes Championship outfit Arbroath on Wednesday evening but he is expected to be given a greater opportunity this afternoon when The Hibees make the short trip to Dunfermline.
The striker was headhunted by Hibernian boss Paul Heckingbottom following his superb goalscoring record for former club Forest Green Rovers during the second half of last season. Doidge netted 11 goals in 23 games for The Greens as the club pushed for promotion to the third tier of English football.
After starting his career in the Welsh leagues with Barry Town and Carmarthen Town, Doidge moved to Dagenham & Redbridge where he netted 11 goals in 55 games. He dropped down to non-league to join Forest Green Rovers and was instrumental in their first promotion to the English Football League in 2017.
Doidge scored 63 goals in just 121 appearances for Rovers and he will be keen to prove that he can shine at a higher level under the guidance of new boss Heckingbottom at Hibs.