The striker-cum-winger had joined on a short-term deal from Dundee United and suffered a nasty leg injury at the end of his Hibs spell that would have seriously halted - if not ended - his career.

But Hibernian showed faith in the Scottish-Aussie striker and five years later, Boyle has never forgotten it. 


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"It was a whirlwind summer for myself," the Hibs star told the club.

"I didn't know what I was going to do. Looking for work. But thankfully the club backed me and it's kind of worked out well, so far, so hopefully I can continue that for the club."

"This club has given me a chance. Going back to when I was injured and out of contract, they put faith in me in re-signing me.

"I always speak about it and they didn't need to do that. So I'm just showing a bit of faith in the club.

Whether Hibs were being generous or just savvy, Boyle has paid the club back and then some, becoming a fierce figure for the club on and off the pitch.

Over the past few seasons the striker has become one of the most feared forwards in the Scottish Premier League, leading the Edinburgh club to within a whisker of challenging Scotland's big two Glaswegian giants.

That form has not only led to Australia poaching his international services, but a tug of war at club level as well, with Boyle consistently linked with both Celtic, Rangers and a host of English Championship clubs.

Boyle put his money where his mouth is, recently extending his contract at the club long term.

He added: "Hopefully I'm approaching my prime. We've made a good start to the season and I've got much more to give to the club."


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