By: Hibernian Media on 22 Mar, 2020 16:26
In a break from tradition, Hibs TV took a backseat and let the players lead the way.
Darren McGregor and Ryan Porteous are two born-and-bred Hibernian supporters, raised in a community that shapes its week around football on a Saturday.
Like everyone else, there’s a void for them to fill at the moment, as the pair discussed coping outside of their normal day to day routines while staying fit.
Darren McGregor: It’s been a strange old week at HTC, living through a time that not a lot of footballers – or the general public – have experienced. How have you found it?
Ryan Porteous: It’s been different. I’ve been back in with my Mum and Dad – annoying them as much as I can. I’m bored out of my mind. I’m getting dinners cooked for me and my clothes cleaned again. No football player has been through this and I don’t think anyone was prepared for it. It’s a bit surreal.
DM: To let everyone know, we had a conversation on the Friday. The gaffer came to us in the afternoon and said that we were to report a week on Monday. We were given training schedules so we could try and train every second day. With you being injured, it maybe came at a good time for you? I would say you’re closer to taking my place but I’m not even in the squad!
RP: I was in the gym when we heard the news. I kept refreshing my phone to see what was happening and obviously it came through that football had been postponed for the foreseeable future. As soon as we’d had our lunch the gaffer called us in. I was a bit worried at the start. The day before I was supposed to start running for the first time in a couple of months, and then we were told not to come in. I was a bit worried initially. You’ll know yourself, that’s an important part in your rehab. But I spoke to Nathan Ring on the Sunday and he said we’d work on a plan to keep me ticking over and make sure it didn’t hinder anything, so that I could even come back that bit stronger. I was working with Nathan. Regardless of the situation, I can’t afford not to be working hard. It’s the most important part of my rehab.
DM: I’ve just been trying to do as much as I can outside of HTC and the gym in general. It’s difficult but I’m in the same boat as you. We want to stay fit in the assumption that football will start back again. We were supposed to be back in on the 23rd but it’s all a fluid situation. We just need to keep ourselves fit, healthy and ticking over. Do you have a message for the supporters? There will be guys who are really missing their football. Anything on Netflix?
RP: I’ve been back to doing what I did in school – just playing the PlayStation! I’m running out of things to watch on TV. You can understand where people are coming from. When we were younger all we did was watch football. Your whole live revolves around it and when that’s taken away…
DM: Even playing football on public pitches…
RP: It’s the same for kids. They’ll want to be playing but you have to stay safe. Football will be back. No-one knows how long it’ll be and there will be a bit of a Time Out. You just need to keep busy. I just keep watching highlights of games – ones I’ve played in and big results that we’ve had. It’s just missing football and you’ll get to the stage when you’re going to be desperate for it. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we’re back in training.
DM: I might need to buy a PlayStation now. I’m pretty sure she chucked the last one out of the window…
RP: My Mum will be doing the same with the amount of shouting I’m doing.