Michael Weir: I would hate that to happen to Josh Doig - why Hibs youngster should stay this summer

It was great to see Josh Doig get nominated for the Young Player of the Season – he absolutely deserves it.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 12:45 pm
Breakout star Josh Doig has been nominated for Young Player of the Year

He's had an unbelievable season. For a young player to come into the team, and look like he’s been playing with the other ten for a long time is very, very rare.

What’s been most impressive is his consistency level. That’s the key for a young player, and it’s been Doig’s consistency that’s really impressed me.

Normally young players make mistakes and he’s probably had the odd one here or there but overall his consistency has been really, really good for a player so young in his first season in professional football.

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He definitely deserves to be up there and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he won the award overall. His consistency has just been exceptional for someone in his first full season as a professional.

Young players are always going to be sought after when they’re playing well; it’s part-and-parcel of the game. But I do hope he sticks around at Hibs and learn his trade.

A lot of players can do well for one season and then get a big move down south and then they just get lost.

I would think that his best move would be to stay at Hibs, keep improving, and if he’s going to move on he’ll move on at some point.

I just don't like to see young players doing well for a season or so, and a team comes in and buys them and then they just disappear.

There have been so many players who have had so much potential and have gone to another team and just disappeared, and I would hate that to happen to Josh Doig.

He’s still got a lot to learn but I think his best move would be to keep learning at Hibs for another season or two and if he’s going to get a big move it'll happen anyway.

John McGinn is a prime example of someone who learned his trade and then moved when he was ready and I think that’s the key.

It’s a message to youngsters: play your football, learn your trade, and you’ve got everything to look forward to – if you keep progressing.

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