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Paul Hanlon set for Raith Rovers transfer as reason for snubbing Premiership options explained

Paul Hanlon is set for a quick reunion with Lewis Stevenson as the defender is close to joining Raith Rovers.

The vastly experienced pair were both released by Hibs as their contracts came to an end and Kirkcaldy-born Stevenson quickly joined his hometown club. Manager Ian Murray, who played with both at Easter Road, also had an interest in Hanlon but the centre-back had options in the Premiership.

But the 34-year-old now looks set to link up with his pal at Stark's Park. And the Courier is reporting that his reason for doing so comes down to being offered a longer deal by the Championship side, believed to be three years, than anyone in the top flight was prepared to give.

Raith finished second in the second tier last season after pushing heavy favourites Dundee United for much of the way before falling away at the end of the campaign. The signings of the former Hibees duo will be seen as a coup and a shot in the arm for ambitions of going one better next year.

Hibs are set to go through another summer overhaul and Stevie Mallan, a former teammate of Stevenson and Hanlon, exclusively told Football Scotland how he felt they could have been kept around to help with the process.