Football - No fairytale ending for Thomson

Kevin Thomson fell short of the "fairytale" return to Hibernian he craved when losing to Celtic at Hampden but his hunger to play football has been satisfied in his second spell at Easter Road.

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Kevin Thomson could not help Hibs to Scottish Cup glory against Celtic on Sunday

With Pat Fenlon's playing budget at full capacity, Thomson has been playing for nothing since re-signing for his boyhood heroes in March after ending an injury-hit spell at Middlesbrough during the winter transfer window.

The 28-year-old was looking to end Hibernian's 111-year wait for Scottish Cup success but ended up with only a runners-up medal for his troubles.

But the joy of playing regularly again in these last two months was enough reward for Thomson after a frustrating spell on Teesside, where a broken leg in only his second game set the tone for his time at Boro.

"I love playing football," Thomson said. "I could have sat in the house and done nothing but I showed a bit of commitment and put the boots back on and got out there in training.

"I love training every day and playing on a Saturday. The fairytale never quite got there in the end but I gave my all and if people appreciate that, then great. I've really enjoyed it. The boys appreciate me and the manager appreciates me and he gave me a platform to play some football again.

"I hope, when people see me play, they see the quality that I've got.

"I'm playing for myself as much as playing for the team and the manager. I'm here for nothing. I took that upon myself and if I get any plaudits for that, then great, and if I don't, then I've done what I wanted to achieve and got some games under my belt.

"I'll look forward to the summer and see what options I've got. I'm going to spend some time with the family and I'm actually doing my coaching badges this summer. So I'm looking forward to that and I'll see what happens."

When asked if he could stay at Easter Road, Thomson said: "I don't know. You would need to ask the manager and the chairman. I'm just going to recharge the batteries and look forward to going wherever it may be in pre-season."

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