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Saturday 17 November 2018

Anthony Stokes leaves Hibs by mutual consent six months after his Blackburn contract was terminated

Anthony Stokes
Anthony Stokes
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Republic of Ireland striker Anthony Stokes and Hibernian have parted company by mutual consent.

The Dubliner, who has scored 11 goals this season for the Edinburgh club, has been exiled by manager Neil Lennon after reportedly breaking curfew with two other players on a recent warm weather training camp in Portugal.

Stokes had been contracted to Hibs until the summer of 2019 but the contract has been terminated and the attacker is on the search for a new club.

It is the second time in six months that Stokes was released from a contract after he parted ways with Blackburn Rovers last summer.

Lennon appeared to call Stokes professionalism into question last week when he confirmed that the 29-year-old had requested time off.

"For every player, it is the same premise: it is your livelihood and what you are paid to do and you have to act accordingly," he said

"Sacrifices have to be made and there has to be a dedication to your game.

"We have all had to do that and sometimes players cross the line and that's understandable, but sometimes they cross the line too many times and they have to be responsible for their action."

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