DANNY GALBRAITH has vowed to “kick on” in his bid to win regular first-team football at Hibs after recovering from an ankle injury sustained last month.
Galbraith has started just one game this season and just eight league matches since arriving at the club more than two years ago, but he shone during a League Cup tie at Motherwell before suffering a knock that has forced him out of action in recent weeks.
Easter Road boss Colin Calderwood handed the former Manchester United youngster a contract extension in January, with the player’s deal now set to run until summer 2013, and Galbraith is determined to repay his manager’s faith.
“I’ve just turned 21 and I really want to be kicking on,” said Galbraith. “When the gaffer came in last year I got a half-decent run in the team. Now, this year, I need to be playing as regularly as I can. That’s obviously my aim, to be playing in the first team every week.
“It’s been a bit frustrating this season because I’ve never had that run. As a team, we’ve not had the best of runs but we’ve picked up a bit lately.
“For me personally, it’s good to get into the team when we were hitting a bit of form – the last time, we were struggling so it does make it harder. That doesn’t affect me – I just want to get in and do my best for the team.”
Galbraith emerged has a half-time substitute at Fir Park at the end of September and posted an inspired display to help Hibs draw level before eventually winning on penalties. He was withdrawn midway through extra time, however, and is only now match-fit and ready to build on that performance.
“It’s just a bit unlucky, but there’s nothing you can do about it,” said Galbraith. “I felt as if I needed the opportunity and I got a good opportunity in that game, and I managed to do alright. So, it was just disappointing because I was trying to take my chance and kick on. It was a setback but it was only a small problem. Hopefully, that’s in the past now.”