By: Hibernian Media on 25 Jan, 2017 18:30
Danny Handling took to the pitch in Wednesday afternoon’s Hibernian Development Squad game – his first taste of football since coming on as a substitute against Motherwell in a pre-season friendly in July.
The midfielder picked up an injury ahead of the UEFA Europa League second leg tie against Brondby, which left him sidelined for the first half of the campaign.
The 22-year-old said that he was delighted to have played just under an hour for the Development Squad, feeling that everything went well from his perspective.
Danny said: “I’m delighted to have got some minutes under my belt. I just felt that my fitness was a key issue for me to work on, but I felt fine, my legs were a bit heavy, because I had the tough training sessions on Monday and Tuesday. Apart from that, everything went well.
“I said to Craney at half-time that I could have played 90 minutes, and I was happy to, but the staff noticed that I was getting leggy because it was my first game back. That’s what happens after a while out, but I’m delighted with how it went.”
Now, Danny is focussing on working to gain a place back in Neil Lennon’s plans for the remainder of the season, but is just taking it one step at a time in order to reach that goal.
He is looking forward to his next involvement with the Development Squad, and could feature in next week’s fixture away to Falkirk, but for now, he reiterates his positive feeling about being back out playing football.
He said: “The aim is to get back into the first-team and get back into the gaffer’s plans – but it is one step at a time. Playing against St Mirren is the first step of hopefully a few, before I get back involved again.
“I’ll take each game with the Development Squad that I play as it comes and see how I get on, but after today, I’m just happy to be back playing.”