Neil Lennon has assured Jordon Forster that his time will come at Hibs.
The 22-year-old centre-back has found himself sidelined for most of the season, with the more experienced trio of Darren McGregor, Paul Hanlon and, prior to injury, Liam Fontaine all being preferred for a starting berth.
Forster explained in an interview in yesterday’s Evening News that he had no regrets about agreeing to stay with the Easter Road club in the summer despite making only one start – away to Turriff United in the Irn-Bru Cup on Sunday – and four late substitute outings this season.
His manager insisted his positive outlook on the situation is justified because he will get his chance to start proving himself as the season progresses.
“Jordon’s very much part of it,” Lennon said. “He’s been unlucky not to start, but it’s difficult to change the team when you’re winning. McGregor and Hanlon are the two in the team at the moment and they’re outstanding players, but Jordon’s not far away. There’s no doubt he’ll play a part in the season. We’ll need him as the season goes on.”
Forster, who had fallen out of favour under previous boss Alan Stubbs, signed a new two-year contract with Hibs after positive talks with Lennon in June. The manager is a big admirer of the athletic 22-year-old academy graduate.
“I signed him for a reason,” said Lennon. “I like him and I like what he brings to the team. He gives us something a bit different. He’s a physical specimen who is very prolific in the air in both boxes. He wants to get better and we want to work with him. His attitude’s been spot on – he’s not complained once. He’s been patient but his turn will come, no question about that. He came through the game very well on Sunday. I’ve been really pleased with him.”