Former Hibs midfielder Mark Milligan opens up on ‘disappointment’ of Easter Road exit

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Former Hibs midfielder Mark Milligan has revealed his disappointment about finishing his spell at Easter Road – but has noted how he is fulfilling his career-long ambition to play in English football.

The 33-year-old Australian international joined League One side Southend United on a one-year-deal earlier this month, with a view to taking on a combined playing / coaching role next summer.

And in an interview with website FTBL, Milligan – who turned out 31 times for the Hibees last season after arriving from Saudi club Al-Ahli – thinks the decision by boss Paul Heckingbottom to let him go was one he found it hard to take in.

 

“It was disappointing, but obviously with the new gaffer coming in he had the chance to rebuild.

“While it was very difficult to accept, I did understand he had a longer-term plan and with my age and the salary I was taking up there, I offered him a chance to, I guess, rebuild by leaving.

“So it was a little tough to take but I can see where he’s coming from and I thoroughly enjoyed my time under Paul and at Hibs”, he said.



Milligan in action for Hibs

However, hanging made the move south of the border, Milligan is excited to be realising his dream of playing in English football and also to be looking ahead to a career in coaching.

“This is the environment that I always wanted to be in. To be totally honest, the way that I look at is  one door opens as another closes.

 

“By me taking this move hopefully a little bit down the line the next door will open for me in the next phase of football [in terms of coaching].

“But first and foremost the discussions were about playing football. That’s what I’m still doing at the minute,” he said.

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