By: Hibernian Media on 07 Jan, 2019 07:30
It’s a sign of the faith that everyone at Hibernian has in Fraser Murray that he, alongside close pal Ryan Porteous, was given a new contract back in October that will keep him at Easter Road until the summer of 2023.
It came as a relief to the Scotland Under-19 international, who has endured a frustrating time of it with a niggling groin injury that disrupted his progress just as he was starting to make an impression in and around the first team.
Now inching back to his best, Fraser took time out from training at the winter training camp in Dubai to reflect on a character-building spell.
Fraser, it’s great to see you back up and running. How do you look back on the last few months?
To be honest, it’s been a really tough year for me. Very stop-start. I’d been hampered by a groin injury for the last year or so and was maybe guilty of trying to come back too quick on a few occasions. Hopefully that’s me through the worst of it now and I’ll be back to full fitness in the next couple of weeks. It didn’t require surgery. A lot of it was just about rest and the appropriate rehabilitation work. It’s given me the chance to build up other areas of my body.
Did the new contract come at a good time?
It really did. I felt reassured. I do have to prove myself, like every other player, but it meant I didn’t need to do it at the expense of a proper recovery. Everyone from the club reinforced that I had to look after myself and only come back when I was ready to do so. It’s great that the club have shown that kind of faith in me and Ryan, not to mention the other younger boys who have had a chance in the first team. A lot of clubs say they have that pathway for people to come through but Hibs back it up. Now I just want to show what I’m all about.
In that sense has the winter break and this trip come at a good time?
As everyone knows we have had a few injuries to deal with, so this is a chance for me to stake my claim, make a good impression on the manager and shows that if he needs to call on me then I can produce for him. I’d had a taste of the first team and then the injury flared up to stall things for me. I want to make the most of it this time around.
It’s been well documented that you and Ryan are represented by the agency established by tennis great and Hibs supporter Andy Murray. He’s come through a few injury issues of his own over the years and gone on to write his name in the history books. He must be a great guy to be able to turn to for advice?
I’m lucky to have a few people who have been very supportive. Not least the manager and Eddie May, who both reinforced that I had to do things properly and come back when I was ready, but Andy is a great guy for us to speak to. I don’t know if there’s a better role model in sport. He just said to keep calm and stick to my programme and that everything else would take care of itself from there. My injury wasn’t as ‘bad’ by comparison but it did keep me out for a long time. Andy had his own problems, especially when he was younger, so it’s inspirational to see how he was able to put that behind him and achieve what he has.