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Thommo on the move after survival battle ends in defeat.

FORMER Boro midfielder Kevin Thomson has been released by Hibs following the club's shock relegation from the Scottish Premiership.

And the 29-year-old has hinted that he had a strained relationship with manager Terry Butcher.

Hibs were demoted after losing their play-off clash with Hamilton Academical on Sunday. Trailing 2-0 after the first leg, Accies won 2-0 at Easter Road to force a penalty shoot-out.

Thomson, a second-half sub, missed his spot-kick as Hibs lost 4-3. It was confirmed yesterday that his contract would not be renewed by the Edinburgh club.

"I'm disappointed, everyone knows how much I love the club," he told Sky Sports News.

"Unfortunately the manager has a different opinion from a lot of other people and I have to respect that.

"I will now be looking for a new job.

"It's not a surprise (to be leaving). That's only natural with the way he's been with me over the last six or seven months since he came in.

"Sunday was devastating," added Thomson. "I'm a Hibs fan but it breaks my heart to see the club in the situation they are in."

Thomson started his career at Hibs before signing for Rangers.

He joined Boro in a PS2m deal in July 2010 but struggled to make an impact as a result of a series of injuries.

He left by mutual consent in January 2013 and eventually returned to Easter Road, signing a one-year deal in last July.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 27, 2014
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