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HAMILTON Academical are running the rule over former Arsenal, Sunderland and Middlesbrough right back Justin Hoyte with a view to offering the player a permanent deal.

The Trinidad and Tobago internationalist, who has 18 caps for his country, is playing for the Lanarkshire side in an under-20 match at New Douglas Park against Motherwell tonight after impressing during a recent training stint with the Scottish Premiership side.

The 31 year-old started his career at the Gunners after making his way up through the academy ranks and signed professional forms for Arsenal in 2003 and was in the FA cup winning squad of 2004/05.

Hoyte spent five years at the Emirates where he made a total of 68 appearances and scored one goal.

He also enjoyed a loan spell at Sunderland in 2005/06 before signing for Middlesbrough in a £3 million deal in August 2008 where he spent six years at the Riverside making 162 appearances and scoring two goals.

He then moved on loan to Millwall and signed for the South East London outfit in January 2014.

The vastly experienced defender also turned out for Dagenham and Redbridge last season and is available as a free agent.

Accies boss Martin Canning has made no secret of the fact that he wants to bolster his squad especially in the defensive area and Hoyte could well fit the bill.