Hibs have completed the signing of defender Nectar Triantis on loan from Sunderland.

The 20-year-old centre-back becomes Nick Montgomery's fifth addition of the January window as he moves to Easter Road until the end of the season. Triantis played under Montgomery at Central Coast Mariners, and was a key cog in their A-League Championship winning side in 2022/23.

His performances attracted interest from across Europe, but it was the Black Cats who struck a deal to take the defender to the Stadium of Light. Despite limited game-time this season, Triantis remains highly-rated on Wearside, with Hibs making an enquiry earlier in January.

A deal looked unlikely as of Wednesday, but some sliding doors at Sunderland - who look set to bring in Callum Styles from Barnsley - put Triantis heading north back on the table. Montgomery, who remains keen on adding Bournemouth's Owen Bevan before the deadline, is confident he's added further quality to his ranks with the Australia youth international.

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“Nectar is a young player that I know very well from my time in Australia," said the manager. "I signed him for the Mariners and gave him his A-League debut as I saw huge potential in him.

“He was a mainstay in our Championship-winning team before joining Sunderland in the summer. Although he might not have played much this season, when he has featured, he’s performed well.

“We have been chasing Nectar for some time, and although we thought he’d remain at Sunderland, circumstances changed last night, and we made a move to bring him to Hibs.

“I’m really happy to bring Nectar to the club and look forward to him meeting the players at HTC. He adds to the quality we’ve already brought in during this window.”