Martin Boyle seals Saudi transfer

Martin Boyle’s successful stint with Hibernian FC has come to an end, with the Socceroos forward signing a deal with Saudi Pro League club Al-Faisaly.

The 28-year-old has represented the Scottish Premiership Club since 2015, scoring 65 goals in 265 appearances - displaying impressive consistency that saw him earn an international debut with the Socceroos in late 2018.

Following his decision to embark on a ‘new adventure’, Boyle penned a heartfelt farewell to his long-term home - while also stating on Twitter that “It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later!”

“It wasn’t a decision made overnight; it’s been going on for a few weeks,” Boyle told Hibernian FC. “Ultimately, I think it was the right thing to do for family reasons and personal reasons as well. I think it’s opening up to a new adventure with myself. 

“I’ve been honest with the club, and we’ve had a great relationship since I came in. Speaking to the club, to Ben, has been fantastic and ultimately this would never have worked if we hadn’t all been honest and had that communication. 

“It was a hard decision, but one I’m comfortable making for me and my family.”

“There’s no bridges burned, and I walk away in good spirits,” he added. 

“From the moment I walked through the door I had a smile on my face; it’s been fantastic. 

“I’m sure not many people can say they’ve had a smile on their face every day and joke or clown around, but one thing for me, is when I cross that white line, I certainly gave everything for the badge and the club. 

“When I first came in, I think people could say I was a wee headless chicken running about, but I matured as a player, worked hard on my game, had multiple managers and experienced players that have helped me. 

“When I first came here if you’d have said I’d be here for seven, seven and a half, years, I probably would’ve laughed at you, but I’ve gone on to achieve a lot here. 

This club helped me play international football, so I have a massive gratitude for that as well. 

“It feels like it’s been shorter than seven years but if you speak to Paul Hanlon or Stevo (Lewis Stevenson), I’m sure they’ve got different opinions. My time here has been absolutely fantastic.”

Boyle was named in the Socceroos’ latest squad for their first two FIFA World Cup Qualifiers of 2022, meaning he will be back in Green and Gold against Vietnam on Thursday.