Keith Watson out to win new Hibs deal in play-offs

Keith Watson hopes he has done enough in La Manga to win a first-team place. 'Picture: Eric McCowat
Keith Watson hopes he has done enough in La Manga to win a first-team place. 'Picture: Eric McCowat
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Keith Watson has issued a “deal me in” plea to Hibs boss Alan Stubbs as he bids to turn his loan move from Dundee United into a permanent switch.

And the 25-year-old defender has his fingers crossed he can help persuade Stubbs by playing a starring role in taking the Easter Road outfit back into the Premiership.

Watson admitted he feared he might miss the Capital club’s play-off matches after suffering a hamstring injury early last month but after a week’s warm weather training at Hibs’ Spanish base in La Manga, he hopes he’ll get the green light to play his part in the first of those games – against either Rangers or Queen of the South on Wednesday.

Out of contract at Tannadice at the end of the season, Watson said: “I injured myself the day before the Dumbarton game at the beginning of April. It’s been a long time but I can’t wait to get back. I don’t feel my hamsting any more.

“Obviously my contract situation is at the back of my mind, not sure what I am going to do next year but I just want to concentrate on what is happening here. It’s a big time for us, the team has worked hard all season and we want to finish well.

“I want to do well and hopefully help take Hibs back into the Premiership. This is a massive club and I was impressed when I joined in January with the facilities, the training ground, the fans and the standard of players in the squad. It was like ‘wow’, great.”

Watson’s January arrival was completed with breathtaking speed – but now he aims to hang around a bit longer.

He said: “It happened so quickly. I went in to see Jackie McNamara on the Monday to discuss my situation and that night he phoned to say Hibs were keen to take me and that Alan Stubbs would call.

“I was down on the Tuesday signing for Hibs after saying goodbye to the United boys.

“I felt this was a team that should be in the top flight and there was no reason why we can’t do it. I’d love to stay.

“We haven’t had any talks yet, I think they want to see what happens with the play-offs so I’ll just keep training an working hard and see what happens.”