By: Hibernian Media on 08 Mar, 2016 08:30
Both Callum Crane and Jordan McGregor are currently out on development loans at Berwick Rangers, allowing them to play in Ladbrokes League 2, whilst also still playing in the SPFL Development League.
Most recently, both defenders helped Berwick to secure a 0-0 draw at Hampden Park against Queen’s Park, earning John Coughlin’s side a point.
With so much at stake every week, on top of their own personal developments, the players are both enjoying their spells at Shielfield Park.
Jordan said: “I’ve been really enjoying it and just being able to play first-team football and playing with the Development Squad as well has given me more game time.
“I like the fact that I am playing against men, it’s more than just a game and we are fighting to avoid relegation just now, it’s been good.”
Callum said: “It’s been good, there’s been a couple of wins and a couple of defeats, but I think it’s going alright.
“We’ve got a good team here, but we’ve not been able to put wins back-to-back, so we need to try and get that winning form going and push in the right direction.”
For young players going out on loan to a senior side for the first time, it can be a daunting prospect joining up with a squad of players you do not know and being expected to fit into their team quickly.
This did not prove to be too much of an issue for Jordan. Callum Crane is also at Shielfield Park on loan, and with his team-mate part of the defence, it helped make Jordan feel right at home from the off.
Jordan said: “With Craney being there before me made it a lot easier for me as I knew him from the first day.
“With him playing in a defence with me makes me feel more comfortable because I have played with him before, it makes it easier for me, and it will make it easier for him as well. It’s always a bonus having someone in your team that you know so well.”
Both youngsters are in agreement that the aspect of physicality and playing against men has helped them develop and understand the game more than they would have done had they just continued to play in the Development League.
Callum believes that he can feel a difference every time he steps out onto the pitch for the Development Squad, with his understanding of the game also improving.
Callum said: “It is much more physical, obviously you are playing against more experienced players and you’ve got to be in the right positions.
“If you make one mistake then it can cost you. In this league you are actually playing to survive, but the main difference is that it is more physical than the Development League.
“It always helps playing with more experienced players, and playing against them too. I can feel myself being in better positions when I go back and play with the Development Squad and I just feel like I’m more comfortable on the pitch.”
The Hibernian Development Squad are in action on today at Ainslie Park against Dunfermline Athletic with a 1pm kick-off.