Adding bite to the heart of the midfield, Honduran Jorge Claros spent an extensive loan period with Hibernian.
National team Honduras
International debut 16th August 2006 (versus Venezuela)
Claros made his international debut for Honduras against Venezuela in 2006 after playing in the 2005 Youth World Cup in the Netherlands and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The midfielder would then go on to represent his country in FIFA World Cup qualification matches, the UNCAF Nations Cup and the 2007 CONCAFCAF Gold Cup.
Claros also helped Honduras qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He would enter the 2014 competition as a substitute in their first group game, with Honduras being defeated 3-0 by France. The midfielder would then start the next group game against Ecuador.
Jorge Claros' spell at Hibernian may not have even occured, had it not been for a lucky escape from an incident in his home country of Honduras. In 2011, Jorge was shot in the head and shoulder after thieves tried to steal his car. The midfielder remarkably managed to drive himself to the hospital, discovering that the wounds were not near fatal. Within three weeks of the incident, Jorge Claros was back playing football for Motagua, his club at the time.
After spending an initial trial period with Rangers, Jorge signed for Hibernian on a one year loan deal on 31st January 2012. Nicknamed the 'Pitbull', Claros added strong tackling ability and solidity to the midfield position, giving protection as the frontline of the defence.
Claros' stay was filled with ups and downs, as he helped guide Hibernian to the 2012 Scottish Cup Final in his first few months at the Club. However, his performance during the final itself saw him substituted at half-time by manager Pat Fenlon.
Fenlon had faith in the Honduran and as such, Claros' loan deal was extended in January 2013 until the end of the 2012/13 season. The midfielder would again play a part in the 2013 Scottish Cup Final, but the League champions Celtic would prove too strong on the day, convincingly overturning Hibernian 3-0.
At the conclusion of the 2012/13 season, talks were ongoing between Hibernian and Claros' parent club Motagua about the possibility of securing the midfielder on a permanent deal. However, Motagua's transfer demands were a step too far for the Leith side and despite Claros' plea to stay with Hibernian, any potential deal quickly ceased.
Full name Jorge Aarón Claros Juárez
Date of birth 8th January 1986
Place of birth La Ceiba, Honduras
Height 5ft 9in