By: Hibernian Media on 27 Nov, 2015 13:29
Scott Martin’s loan deal with Forfar Athletic has been extended and he will continue to play for the Station Park outfit until 17 January 2016.
The midfielder, 18, has featured five times for Dick Campbell’s side and admits that the jump between playing regularly in the SPFL Development League to Ladbrokes League One is sizeable, but he feels he is coping well and enjoying the challenge.
He said: “The loan has been good. I’ve enjoyed my time at Forfar and enjoyed playing 90 minutes week in, week out – it’s definitely what I needed at this time in my career.
“I’m delighted to be able to stay here for another couple of months and hopefully I can make the impact that I was making just before the extension went through. I’m looking forward to being here for a couple of more months.
“It’s a jump because of the physicality and, I’m not saying the Development Squad is less meaningful, but you are playing for real points here and playing for a lot more than just development.”
Despite the jump in quality, the Scotland under-19 international believes that he has settled in well at the Angus-based club and he owes that to his team-mates.
He also feels that the tempo of the games have been faster, but thinks he has adapted well to the increased pace of the games.
“I’ve settled in pretty well. The lads at Forfar are all really nice and all welcomed me when I first came in. It’s been great and I’ve settled in really well.
“There is a big jump from the 20’s to a first-team scenario. Maybe the first game was a wee bit faster, but after that I feel I settled in pretty well.
“I don’t think it took me much time to adapt. I was prepared and I knew what I had to do in terms of how it was going to be and the tempo. In terms of playing week in, week out, it is a wee bit harder.”
Scott scored his first Hibernian goal earlier this season when he opened the scoring the Scottish League Cup First Round game against Montrose at Easter Road. It was also his first goal in professional football.
Since joining Forfar he has notched a further two goals – both coming in a 3-2 defeat against Airdrieonians One was a close range effort, whilst the other an effort from 20 yards out.
He admitted earlier in the season that his first Hibernian goal was ‘a bit of a blur’, but he easily recalls the brace he scored at Station Park.
“The first goal was just a diagonal run into the box and I just wrong-footed my marker and it was a tap-in from maybe three yards out.
“The second one was just a hit and hope. It got knocked down to me and I just hit it first time and thankfully it went in.”
Alan Stubbs and the rest of the coaching staff have been in constant dialogue with Forfar, enquiring about Scott’s performances and acquiring video footage of matches they are unable to attend.
For Scott himself, the advice they gave to him was simple, but effective for a young player forging his way in the game.
“The gaffer and the coaching staff are always talking to Forfar and asking for DVDs of the games and trying to get along as much as they can.
“They have just told me to keep my attitude the way it is and the way it’s been going and not to get too ahead of myself and to keep my feet on the ground.”