Alex Harris says he’s ready to bounce back following a forgettable season which resulted in him missing half of the last campaign after he suffered a broken ankle on the opening day.
The 19-year-old admitted he lost confidence after being rushed back into action but, now with pre-season training going well, he’s looking to recapture the form which catapulted him into the Easter Road first team.
Harris, who scored the second goal as new head coach Alan Stubbs’ side defeated Stirling Albion 2-0 last weekend, said: “I lacked a bit of confidence at the end of last season with my injury but I’m feeling much fitter. I’ve had a break and I’m feeling good.”
Harris required surgery on his injury, sustained in a crunching tackle by Motherwell’s Shaun Hutchinson, which put him out of action until early January when he returned as a substitute against Aberdeen at Pittodrie. But, he conceded, he was maybe not ready for that comeback, saying: “I was maybe rushed back. But now I feel much stronger.”
Meanwhile, Hull City goalkeeper Mark Oxley is the latest player to be linked with a move to Easter Road. Signing a goalkeeper is a priority for Stubbs after Ben Williams and Sean Murdoch were released at the end of last season.
He has taken former Brentford goalie Antoine Gounet on trial, the Frenchman enjoying a clean sheet at Forthbank, but as things stand Stubbs only has player/coach Alan Combe and teenagers Kleton Pertreou and Sean Brennan at his disposal.
Combe got his first taste of action as Hibs’ under-20 side beat Craigroyston 3-0 at St Mark’s Park last night, all three goals coming in the first half from Jordan Sinclair, Scott Martin and Gareth McCaffrey.
Hibs: Combe, Dunsmore, Gardiner, Sinclair (Watson), McGregor (Donaldson), Martyniuk, Martin, Stirling, Duthie, Hendry (McKay), McCaffrey (Adamson).