It could mark a return to the A-League and a final marquee season with a local side after he was tipped to retire soon from international football.

Milligan achieved his dream of playing the UK after years of trying and failing because of visa issues when he joined the Edinburgh side last year from Saudi Arabian club Ah-Ahli.

He made an instant impact in the Easter Road backline and became a club favourite, but has left with a season left on his contract.

"He couldn't have given any more for the cause," said Hibs manager Paul Heckingbottom.

"His experience and versatility has been important and Mark's been a great influence on our younger players in particular."

The Socceroo's exit was confirmed after Hibs final match of the season at home to Aberdeen, ending the season in fifth place on the table.

Milligan, a veteran now of 79 caps and four World Cup, said: "I've really enjoyed my time here and I'm sorry it's come to an end.

"I'd just like to thank everyone at Hibernian for the opportunity to play for this great club and experience Scottish football."