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Darryl Duffy hopes he can rediscover his best form under John Hughes at Hibs

Darryl Duffy has urged Hibs supporters not to view him as a straight replacement for Anthony Stokes, although he would love to replicate his scoring record.

The striker yesterday completed a season-long loan switch from Bristol Rovers after a weekend that saw him drive overnight from England to arrive in Scotland at 8am on Sunday morning, such was his eagerness to be reunited with his old manager at Falkirk, John Hughes.

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Last night the 26-year-old Scotland B cap said he had been increasingly frustrated over the last two years following his switch to Rovers from Swansea City.He was hopeful, however, that teaming up with Hughes might rekindle the form which saw him net 37 times in 68 outings for Falkirk.

“I feel I was just never given my chance at Bristol Rovers,” he said. “I felt I was good enough to play there every week and score goals every week but I wasn’t given the opportunity to do that. It was frustrating but as soon as I knew Hibs were interested I was excited. This is a big, big club and the fact that Yogi [Hughes] is the manager and I have worked with him before was a big draw.

“Hopefully I can replicate some of the success we had together at Falkirk and I can get back scoring goals again. I’ve got two years’ worth of frustration built up. I just want to get out on to the pitch and score goals and hopefully use some of that frustration and take it out on a few of the teams in the SPL.”

Stokes, who is bound for Celtic, scored 23 times for Hibs last season, but Duffy refused to be drawn into making comparisons between himself and the Irishman.

“I know people will try and compare me and Stokes but we are different types and different players. Stokesy is Stokesy and I’m me and you get what you get from both of us. But I know he had a great scoring record at Hibs and if I can have that type of record here then I’ll be happy.”

Duffy will play his first game in green and white in a bounce game today and will quickly turn his attentions to finding a house to settle into with his wife Claire and new 10-week-old son Grayson.

Having been farmed out on loan on three occasions already during his four and a half years away from Scotland, the former Rangers trainee is eager to make the most of his latest temporary switch, which takes him up to the end of his contract at Bristol.

He added: “It’s completely in my hands. I know that if I work hard and score goals then hopefully I’ll have options at the end of the season and if I make a mess of it then I could be struggling.

“It’s a big move for me, at a good age. I should be reaching my prime as a striker and this is a good opportunity for me.

“Hopefully I can do well personally and the club can do well as well because I know the expectations are big at this club.”

Hughes, who has declared he could still make a move for Netherlands B cap Romano Denneboom, feels he has been reunited with Duffy at a good time in the striker’s career.

He said: “I know Darryl very well and he’s everything you want at your football club. He is experienced but I also think he’s still got his best years ahead of him and will give us more options up front. He loves getting in behind defenders and has scored goals wherever he has played.”

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