Jordon Forster today clinched a new deal with Hibs, tying him to the Easter Road club until the summer of 2016.
The 20-year-old has played just ten first-team games for the Capital outfit since making his debut – a derby-day win over Hearts at Tynecastle – and the club has moved quickly to ensure the defender’s future remains with Hibs. Forster’s deal was due to run out at the end of the season, having signed a one-year deal seven months ago.
Although Forster’s first-team career has barely begun, he has already featured in a Scottish Cup final and played in the Europa League and has caught the eye of Terry Butcher in the new manager’s first two matches, recording clean sheets against both St Mirren and Ross County.
Butcher said: “Jordon has done tremendously well. He is a big boy – strong, good on the ball, and his timing in the air is very good as well. He is going to be a very good player and he is already a very good player.
“I’ve been delighted with him and he has shown maturity beyond his years.”
Forster, who spent spells on loan at Berwick Rangers and East Fife before making the breakthrough under former Hibs boss Pat Fenlon, admitted he was thrilled to have agreed a new contract, having only signed a one-year deal in April.
And the defender, who believes he’s taken the opportunity to prove himself, feels he can only improve under the guidance of Butcher and his assistant Maurice Malpas, the two defenders having amassed more than 130 caps between them for England and Scotland respectively.
Forster, who has agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal, said: “Who better to learn from? They’ve got a lot of experience behind them and achieved things in the game that most players can only dream about, such as playing in the finals of the World Cup, and I’m already picking up little things every day in training and in every game I play.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have signed a new contract. I’m enjoying every minute of my time at Hibs and believe I’m improving as a player. It’s great to have the security of a long-term contract and now I can just concentrate on performing well for Hibs and helping us to progress on the pitch.
“The new manager has been great with me and for the past two games he has given me an opportunity to show what I can do. I feel I’m learning with each and every game and my goal is to achieve success with Hibs.”