Darmstadt striker Jamie Maclaren joins Hibernian on loan
Australian World Cup hopeful Jamie Maclaren has agreed to join Scottish Premier League outfit Hibernian on loan.
The five-cap Socceroos striker has left German second-tier side Darmstadt after his selection bid for Russia 2018 stalled with a lack of game time.
The clubs have not formally announced the deal but Darmstadt coach Dirk Schuster confirmed Hibernian have secured the ex-A-League star’s services.
“I hope this turns out to be a good move for him and that he can draw attention to himself for the World Cup,” Schuster told German newspaper Bild.
“Hopefully he will help Australia in the summer and then come back to us a better player.”
Maclaren signed a three-year deal with Darmstadt in May under former German international Torsten Frings.
But his place in the squad was put under more of a cloud after Frings was sacked as coach and replaced by Schuster.
Maclaren left the A-League after scoring 40 league goals in his two seasons at Brisbane Roar, off the back of a rich run of goalscoring form for Perth Glory in 2015.
But he has made just seven appearances off the bench in the 2.Bundesliga for a total of 153 minutes, going goalless.
Maclaren was not selected for the World Cup qualifying playoffs against Syria and Honduras.
Hibernian are fourth on the Scottish premiership with nine wins from 22 matches.