Mikey Devlin opens up on future as Hibs defender reveals 'biggest challenge'
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The 29-year-old signed a short-term deal in early February after impressing on trial, and has spent much of the last few months trying to recapture his confidence and match-fitness following a lengthy and mentally challenging time with injury. But with the end of the season and the expiry on his Easter Road contract fast approaching, there is a degree of uncertainty for the former Aberdeen, Hamilton, and Fleetwood defender.
"It was tough with injuries and uncertainty. Christmas and January just gone by was the most difficult it’s been,” he told the Pint and Two Shots podcast. “At my lowest point, when I was questioning a lot, Hibs came out of it. There have been a couple of times when I wasn’t sure whether it was worth it anymore. A phone call like the one from Hibs revitalises you a bit.”
Devlin would relish the opportunity to stay at Hibs. Manager Lee Johnson has welcomed his impact, saying: “It was always a medium-term contract – could we get Devs fit enough to be one of our centre-halves next year, and how quickly could we get him ready to be able to appear for us this year? I think he’s done really well; as a human being he’s added great value. He’s a really good lad, a really good decision-maker.”
"If I get the opportunity I feel I’m capable of being myself again. I didn’t know if I could be myself again. That was probably the biggest challenge. I think that’s there now, so I’ve got a platform where I can try to be the best version of myself. Whether that’s for Hibs or someone else, time will tell,” Devlin added.
"I’d love to be at Hibs next year – I’d never hide that. I’d love nothing more than to be there next year as well. But that might not be down to me. All I can do is everything I can. Even when I came in during January, it felt like a club going in the right direction. I think the manager was really happy with his January window. There are loads of reasons to be optimistic about next year.”