As you might expect from an economics student, 19-year-old Duncan Watmore has already calculated that a move to Hibs is just what his career requires at this very moment
And, he revealed, his arrival at Easter Road has capped off a whirlwind month in which he sat four exams in the space of five days and also made his first team debut for English Premiership outfit Sunderland.
The chances are, however, that his new team-mates will see the youngster with his head in a book when he isn’t training as he continues his studies with further exams to be sat in June, although his hope is that much of the hard work will be done online.
Watmore, the son of former Football Association chief executive Ian, said: “I’m studying economics and business management. I did my first year at Manchester University, but then signed for Sunderland in the summer and transferred into the second year at Newcastle because the courses were similar enough.
“My next set of exams are in June, so I’ll be back for that, they won’t be affected by me being here. I’ll be doing the work in between on line so I’ll be able to catch up everything, they put all the lectures up. And if I need to go back for anything it’s only 90 minutes on the train.
“But I’m used to balancing it with football. It’s something you get used to quite quickly and I quite enjoy it. It’s quite a nice thing to have to be able to go back home and have something different to football.”
Abandoning his studies was, Watmore revealed, the furthest thing from his mind when he signed for the Black Cats last summer having scored 14 goals in 29 league games for Conference North outfit Altrincham, determined to complete his studies and well aware that simply signing for Sunderland didn’t mean he’d “made it” as far as football was concerned.
He said: “I never thought about it, I have always said whatever happens, I will get my degree. It’s another year and a quarter from now so there is still a hell of long way before I can start thinking like that. I will keep working and see if I can get my degree and take it from there.”
Now, though, Watmore is looking forward to continuing his footballing education in the Scottish Premiership. He said: “I heard there might be interest from Hibs on Tuesday. I spoke to the manager and I was so impressed with everything.
“It’s been a hectic month. I made my first team debut in the FA Cup against Carlisle, I trained with the first team for a couple of weeks and I also had my exams. I actually think they went quite well. I didn’t know about the move before my exams, I think the best way was to get that all sorted and then talk about what the next best stage of my development would be.
“I wasn’t going to turn down this move.”