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Chris Mueller admits his desperation to join Hibs led him to leave former club Orlando on bad terms.

The American striker agreed a pre-contract with the Easter Road club last July and hoped a deal could have been agreed to bring him to Edinburgh for the start of this season.

However, Orlando refused to let him go and he ended up having to play the final four months of the MLS campaign feeling resentful and distracted by thoughts of his impending move to Scotland.

He said: “It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my career. It was a very trying period of my playing time, in terms of mental focus on what I needed to do but also to know that I had things waiting for me in the future, maybe even better things. It was very difficult to stay present. It’s part of the game. Things like that happen all the time and you just have to face it.

“I was definitely desperate to get here. Hibs was trying to get me to come this summer, which I also wanted, and I made it clear to my old club that I wanted to go, but obviously it doesn’t always work out like that. this.

“It was a difficult six months and I learned a lot, not only about the cruelty of football, but also about myself.”

Mueller spent four seasons with Orlando and was disappointed they wouldn’t let him leave last summer when he agreed to his deal with Hibs.

He said: “To be honest, I didn’t leave on as good terms as I had hoped. I felt like I had done a lot for the club and given everything for them, which is what I always would. day in and day out I know things weren’t necessarily personal.

“They were just doing what they thought was right. I don’t think I left on the best terms ever, but I kept working hard and trying to keep a cool head as much as possible. .”