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Anthony Stokes Leaves Hibs Weeks After Angering Neil Lennon

Anthony Stokes Leaves Hibs Weeks After Angering Neil Lennon

Anthony Stokes's third spell with Hibs came to an end on Tuesday night when he left the club by mutual consent. It comes after Stokes was omitted from three matchday squads by Lennon this month.

Earlier this month, it was reported Stokes and two other players, Danny Swanson and Martin Boyle, had angered Lennon when they broke a curfew while in Portugal on a warm weather training camp. The trio failed to report back in time following a team meal and spent the remainder of the time in Portugal training on their own.

Last week, Lennon disclosed that Stokes - who scored 11 goals for the club this season - had asked for time off. He also appeared to question the Dubliner's professionalism.

For every player, it is the same premise: it is your livelihood and what you are paid to do and you have to act accordingly.

Sacrifices have to be made and there has to be a dedication to your game.

We have all had to do that and sometimes players cross the line and that's understandable, but sometimes they cross the line too many times and they have to be responsible for their actions.

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It is the second consecutive contract which has come to an early end for Stokes. He rejoined Hibs last August on a two-year deal after also departing Blackburn Rovers by mutual consent.

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