Maybury wants derby chance

The 34-year-old could make his debut against Hearts on Sunday

after finalising a deal following several weeks of training with

the club.

Maybury had four years at Tynecastle from 2001 and quickly

discovered the intensity of the capital rivalry as a first-minute

goal from Ulises de la Cruz set Hibs on their way to a 2-1 win.

Maybury said: “I’ve not followed it closely recently but my

second game for Hearts was a derby here and it really was a shock

to the system.

“I came from reserve-team football in England and we were 1-0

down to De La Cruz’s goal after 20 seconds and the place was


“But you quickly learn what it’s all about. I have enjoyed them.

The lads who have been in it will know what to expect.”

Hearts have had more success in recent seasons, going 11 derbies

unbeaten including the most recent and most important, their 5-1

Scottish Cup final victory.

Maybury, who could be joined by Gary Deegan in making his debut,

said: “There are one or two like Deegan who will add a freshness,

who just want to go out and play, which should help us too.

“It’s a new era, they are trying to do things differently here

and bring in players.

“The lads who were here from the cup final have spoken about

their determination about making sure it doesn’t happen again.

“I know how to approach it. You go out and enjoy it. you’ll get

the fans behind you because they want you to do well.

“There shouldn’t be any extra pressure because of what has

happened before. I’ve seen it from the other side that these

results can carry you a long way.

“It’s one to look forward to and enjoy it.”

Maybury was released by St Johnstone at the end of last season

and the financial uncertainty caused by the collapse of Rangers

meant there was no certainty Hibs could afford to give him a

contract until recently.

“I’ve been in training with Hibs all summer,” the former

Republic of Ireland international said. “I first got the

opportunity to come in and train with no promises.

“Then things start shifting and players move on and they say

they might be able to do something.

“Then I went on tour and played a few games and I was more


“I was hoping we could have got it over the line before the

start of the season but it wasn’t possible. The way it works out,

there is a possibility my first game could be the Edinburgh


“If that’s the case, I’ll be looking forward to it.

“I’m sure I’ll get a little bit of stick, but that’s part and

parcel of it.

“I played for Hearts a long time ago, I left a long time ago.

But I don’t think I never gave my all and that’s what I’ve done at

every club and what I’ll do here.

“Nothing will change and if selected I’ll give my all for