Fringe Socceroo Jamie Maclaren is hopeful his move to Hibernian will rekindle his prospects of inclusion in Australia’s forthcoming World Cup squad.
Maclaren, 24, penned a deal with Hibs from Darmstadt until the end of the season.
Maclaren made the move to Germany’s second tier at the end of the 2016-17 A-League season, in which he impressed with Brisbane Roar.
However, the striker made just seven appearances for the Darmstadt first team.
ICYMI | Jamie Maclaren became Neil Lennon’s second signing of the January transfer window this morning.
— Hibernian FC (@HibsOfficial) January 8, 2018
“I am delighted to be joining Hibernian for the rest of the season,” Maclaren told hibernianfc.co.uk.
“I’ve spoken to the manager and he has high hopes for the second half of the season, and hopefully I can contribute to that.
“It’s a big few months for me personally with the World Cup on the horizon, so I’m very motivated to get some goals and hopefully force my way into the final squad for Russia.”
Maclaren has earned five Socceroos caps so far but has not featured since the Green and Gold hosted Brazil at the MCG last June.
Should the move to Edinburgh prove successful, Maclaren’s hopes of selection will then sit with the new Socceroos manager, still to be confirmed.
An appointment is expected in mid-February, after an expert three-person panel of former Socceroos Mark Bresciano, Mark Schwarzer and Stan Lazaridis deliver recommendations to FFA.