Hibs today revealed that two of their most promising youngsters have agreed contract extensions.
Scotland Under-17 internationalist Aaron Scott and Jordan Sinclair have penned deals which will keep them at Easter Road until the summer of next year, news which delighted boss Alan Stubbs.
The head coach has already handed first-team debuts to Scott Martin, Lewis Allan, Kleton Perntreou and Conner Duthie during the course of this season and he’s promised Scott and Sinclair they’ll be offered the same opportunity if they continue to shine.
Stubbs said: “There is a pathway through from the academy to the first-team squad and the incentives are already there for players to seize their opportunities.
“As a club, it is important we develop young players who will contribute at first-team level. We have already seen the likes of Lewis Allan, Callum Crane, Aaron Dunsmore and Scott Martin commit to contract extensions and it’s great to see both Aaron and Jordan do the same. Ensuring that all of our promising young players are on board is important for the future of this football club.”
Scott (17), said: “I am delighted to get this contract extension. I joined the club in January and my aim was to play well enough in order to earn a longer contract.
“I feel everything has gone well so far and I am excited about the future.”
Sinclair, who has been with Hibs’ academy since Under-14 level, was equally happy. The 16-year-old, who has scored eight goals for the development squad this season, said: “This is exactly what I wanted and now I am aiming to work hard and continue my progress at the club.
“Seeing the likes of Scott, Lewis, Kleton and Conner make their first-team debuts this season has been brilliant and I would love to do the same.
“I know what is required and hopefully I can continue to learn, work hard and perform well then I will be given an opportunity to make an impact at first team level.”
Development coach Joe McBride believes both boys have earned their new deals – but warned they still have plenty of hard work ahead of them.
He said: “Both Aaron and Jordan have progressed well this season but they both realise what is required of them in order to continue their development at Hibs.
“They have been given conditioning programmes for the close season to ensure they develop physically. Some of their team-mates have already been given a chance at first-team level so there is a very clear goal for them to aim towards.”