Hibs loanee Innes Murray reflects on benefits of Edinburgh City switch and future prospects

Innes Murray has got more than he bargained for this season with League Two Edinburgh City.
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The midfielder says his sole intention was to get some much-needed first-team minutes under his belt after joining on loan from boyhood heroes Hibs last August.

However, the 24-year-old hasn't just racked up 32 appearances in league and cup for the Citizens, he and his team-mates now stand on the brink of securing a coveted play-off berth for the second successive year.

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Victory over Annan tonight coupled with defeat for Stenhousemuir at home to Stranraer tomorrow, will guarantee Alan Maybury's men fourth spot.

"At the start of the season I just wanted to get out and play some games so being with the club has given me that opportunity," Murray told the Evening News. "I think I've played every minute I have been available so it's really helped individually. The team has done okay, we would have liked to have been a lot closer to Kelty but we're still in the play-off positions and hopefully we can get over the line. Playing tonight gives us a great chance to put some pressure on Stenhousemuir because we know if we win and they lose we'll be in the play-offs. It's in our own hands.

"Every team apart from Kelty have had their ups and downs. We've beat Stenny once but the other three games have all ended in a draw so they've been tight games. We've also gone to Annan and won so it really depends on the day. We're expecting a reaction from them tonight though after their heavy defeat to Forfar last weekend. They don't want to be in a bad run of form coming into the play-offs so they'll definitely be looking to bounce back."

Murray, who is out of contract at Easter Road in the summer, added: "I'll just need to wait and see what happens. I would like to break into the first team, Hibs is my boyhood club, but I also know with the age I am at it might be best for me to move on to kick-start my career. But right now my focus is on ending the season on a high with Edinburgh City."

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