According to The Scottish Sun, Preston goalkeeper Chris Maxwell has agreed terms with Hibernian. It’s also noted that he’ll undergo a medical imminently.
Maxwell lost his place to Declan Rudd at the end of the 2017-18 season, and started last season as second choice too. The Welshman did briefly win back his place in Autumn, but a red card at Ipswich ended that run.
That was the 28-year-old’s last game for North End, and he was sent off on loan to Charlton Athletic in January. Unfortunately for Maxwell, he didn’t make a single appearance for the Addicks in their promotion campaign.
Maxwell is back at Deepdale, but it’s clear that he has no future under Alex Neil. It now seems that Maxwell will be calling Edinburgh his new home, with a move to Hibernian in the pipeline.
It’s claimed that Paul Heckingbottom wants Maxwell at Easter Road, and the goalkeeper has agreed terms. He’ll now undergo a medical in the coming days, finalising his switch north of the border.
Maxwell’s contract with North End expires in a year, meaning that if we’re sending him out on loan, he is likely to just leave for free in 2020.
Maxwell did impress for around 18 months after arriving from Fleetwood Town in 2016, but did prove a little error prone at times. He has some ability as a sweeper keeper, but those mistakes proved too costly for Alex Neil.
Once Maxwell’s move is confirmed, we may well see another goalkeeper arrive at Deepdale. It won’t be Aro Muric, and it’s now on Neil to find another shot-stopper to target.