By: Hibernian Media on 23 Jan, 2015 13:07
Hibernian can confirm Development squad players Scott Martin and Callum Crane have both agreed contract extensions – keeping them at Easter Road until the summer of 2018.
Scotland under-19 internationalist Martin, 17, made his first team debut at Falkirk in December and has been associated with the club’s Academy since he was 10.
The Glasgow-born midfielder says he is thrilled to have extended his contract with Hibernian and stresses he is hugely excited about the future.
Martin said: “My aim at the start of the season was to make my first team debut and to extend my contract, so I’m delighted that’s happened.
“I’m very excited about the future – I want to kick on now and make an impression. I want to show the manager and the supporters what I can do and challenge for a place in the first team.”
Left-back Crane, 18, has earned positive reviews from his performances in the SPFL Development League and the teenager from Ratho has been with the Academy for eight years.
The Edinburgh-born teenager says he wants to build on the encouraging progress he has already made.
Crane said: “I’m delighted to have signed the extension – I didn’t expect to be told the news so early into the New Year.
“My objective is to now continue developing and break into the first team.”
Development Coach Joe McBride says he is encouraged to see the pair earn extensions to their contracts.
McBride said: “I’m really pleased with the news – both Scott and Callum have worked extremely hard and they’ve deserved it.
“This is the next step on a long journey for both of them and I look forward to seeing them continue their development at Hibernian.”
Head Coach Alan Stubbs said: “This is great news – we think very highly of them both and this will be the next step in their development.
There is a clear pathway through from the Academy to the first team squad and the incentives are there for players to seize their opportunities.
“As a club, it is important that we develop young players, who then commit for the long term benefit and future of Hibernian.”
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