By: Hibernian Media on 20 Jun, 2019 14:30
There was no wiping the smile off Scott Allan’s face as he walked back into Easter Road for the first time since officially becoming a Hibernian player again.
Since the playmaker signed his pre-contract in January, it’s fair to say that everyone involved has been counting the days until his return after making such an impact in his previous two spells at the club.
What’s clear is that Scott won’t be lacking in motivation.
Scott, this has felt like a long time coming…
It’s nice to be back! Before signing the pre-contract, I’d obviously heard for a few months beforehand that Hibs were still interested and everyone knew that I wanted to come back here. As soon as January came around and I got speaking to George Craig and Leeann Dempster again it was an easy choice to make. We tried to get it done in January. It wasn’t to be and I had to wait a few months but I’m just happy to be back.
What is it about this place that brings the best out in you?
I just feel at home here. I’ve played my best football here. I want to give back because the fans have given me a lot over the years. I’m here for the long haul and looking forward to it. If I do the business on the park then I know I’ll get the love from the fans. I think I’m a better player now than the one who left. Honestly, I can’t wait to get the season started.
You obviously met with Paul, Robbie, George and Graeme a few weeks ago with this season in mind. What did you take away from that?
It was an in-depth look at how we’re looking to play and where the manager sees me fitting in. He knows what I can bring and the fans know what I can bring. For me, it’s just about getting up and running as quickly as I can. I feel fit but you do need games for that match sharpness. The presentation, with all the detail, was excellent. I just can’t wait to get on the park and show what I can do.
You’ve had a testing year and not played as much football as you would have liked. You must be glad to be back in the thick of it?
It’s been a tough year but I found out a lot about myself. It’s given me a lot of drive that I will take into the new season. Physically I’m in good condition. It’s just that match sharpness, which I think will come back to me quickly. The League Cup games coming thick and fast will work in my favour.
What about your new-found love of yoga?
I read up on it and the theory that it can prolong your career. In terms of recovery it’s worked well and I’ll stick with it. It might look a bit flash on my Instagram but I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I’ve got a personal trainer, Kevin Kelly, who helped keep my head on straight, and a girl who helps with the yoga. I’m much more open-minded about these things now and about taking different lessons from different places if it has an impact on the park.
Our latest signing, Joe Newell, was very complimentary after your time together at Rotherham. What can we expect from Joe?
Joe’s a great boy. I got on really well with him when I was down at Rotherham. He’s a really good player – athletic, with a great left foot – and I’m really looking forward to playing with him.
Finally, do you have a message for supporters?
I appreciate the support I’ve had. I can’t wait to repay them on the park.