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INTERVIEW | CHRISTIAN DOIDGE

INTERVIEW | CHRISTIAN DOIDGE

By: Hibernian Media on 28 Apr, 2020 12:29

Like everyone else, Christian Doidge is counting the days until we can all get back to some sort of normality.

After netting 18 goals in an impressive debut campaign for the Hibees, the striker was thought to be on the verge of a dream first call-up for the Wales national team. Ryan Giggs’ side were building up to a friendly double-header against Austria and USA ahead of the summer’s European Championships, with Christian hitting top form at just the right time.

Instead of being bitter about his international aspirations being put on hold, he’s channelling that frustrating into punishing daily workouts designed to get him into the best possible condition for whenever football is able to resume so he can pick up where he left off.

Christian, with so much talk about a first Welsh call-up – which we know would mean so much to you – it must have been hugely frustrating for the season to be curtailed the way it has been?

Ryan Giggs is a massive figure for anyone who grew up in Wales and the things he did for Manchester United were outrageous. I looked up to him when I was a kid, so when you get someone like that talking about you, and saying positive things, it was a really proud moment for me and my family. I’d love to take the next step and work under him one day. I was getting a bit of momentum this season, a lot of media coverage and there was a fair bit of talk about a Wales call-up. My mentality is ‘I’ve got to do it again’. If I was close to a call-up, then I need to hit the same levels and get even closer when the football starts again. I never imagined I would even be in the conversation for a Wales call-up, especially when the Euros were approaching, so it has just given me more motivation to score goals and regain that form.

We were looking forward to an exciting end to the season – not least a William Hill Scottish Cup Semi-Final Edinburgh Derby…

I remember the day we were supposed to be playing Hearts. I woke up and it was like ‘this doesn’t seem right’. We know how much the fans get up for those matches and, honestly, we’re just the same as players. As soon as that draw was made, we had the date circled on the calendar. So, it was a bit sad when the day came around. I was so excited and it would have been an incredible occasion – the chance to play at a sold-out Hampden against your local rivals. The atmosphere would have been electric. Hopefully we can still get that game played. I’ve had a big moment at Wembley and that feeling still gives me butterflies now. So, to possibly get that opportunity again, this time at Hampden, is something that really motivates me and drives me on.

It goes without saying that our football frustrations are not as important as the real issues facing the world right now.

My mum is a police community support officer in Newport, so she is really on the front line. I speak to her almost every day and she is dealing with people who are still hanging around in groups and not following guidelines. It’s hard not to feel annoyed. It’s frustrating when people can’t just follow rules. I keep in touch with a lot of my ex-colleagues in the South Wales Police force and they are still working, still grafting and I have a lot of respect for what they are going right now.

Christian Doidge was in conversation with Capital City Press and you can read the original article here.

We can’t wait to see you all back where you belong when football restarts and we’ve missed a packed-out Easter Road Stadium. You can secure your seat with a season ticket now.

When we do return, we’ll be proudly sporting our new home kit – complete with our ‘Thank You NHS’ message – and you can pre-order the fastest-selling Hibernian strip of all time here.

As part of our desire to recognise the contribution of the NHS and other key workers, we’re working with the Hibernian Community Foundation and NHS Lothian on a raft of projects and activities designed to tackle some of the health and social issues we will all face in the wake of this pandemic.

We’ve launched our Ticket Appeal which, with your help, will allow us to invite hundreds of these everyday heroes to every home game for the new season.

To get the ball rolling the club is putting up the first 100 tickets for each match and you can play your part by donating whatever you can to our Ticket Appeal.

Please remember to tick the Gift Aid box if you are a UK taxpayer as this will make your money go a little further.

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