Hibs development duo pick up prizes at Gala Fairydean Rovers awards

Ruari Paton netted 13 times for Gala this season. Picture: SNS Group
Ruari Paton netted 13 times for Gala this season. Picture: SNS Group
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Young Hibs duo Patrick Martin and Ruari Paton both picked up prizes at Gala Fairydean Rovers’ end-of-season awards night.

Irishman Paton won the Player of the Year and Top Goalscorer prizes, while Martin won the Players’ Player of the Year award.

Patrick Martin in action for Gala away to Kelty Hearts. Picture: SNS Group

Patrick Martin in action for Gala away to Kelty Hearts. Picture: SNS Group

The 19-year-old shot-stopper re-joined Gala last September, having spent time on loan at Netherdale during the 2017/18 season.

He is understood to have earned a new two-year deal at Easter Road following his performances for the Borderers.

Paton, 18, had spells with Castleknock Celtic, Shelbourne, St Kevin’s Boys and Belvedere before making the move to Hibs in 2016.

Like Martin, he joined Gala in September on an initial loan deal until January, which was extended until the end of the campaign.

He hit 13 goals for the Galashiels outfit - including five in his first six matches - finishing joint-fifth in the Lowland League goalscoring charts.

A statement from Gala read: “Thanks to Hibernian FC loanees Partick Martin and Ruari Paton for helping us on the pitch this season, with Paddy’s show-stopping saves at the back and Ruari’s outstanding goals at the top!

“Good luck, wishing you all the best.”

Gala finished eighth in the 2018/19 Lowland League.