By: Hibernian Media on 15 Mar, 2019 18:24
New signing Jonathan Spector sat down with Hibs TV after putting the finishing touches on his short-term deal at Easter Road.
The US international won’t be cleared in time to feature in Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership head to head with Motherwell but is looking forward to getting up and running after the international break.
Jonathan, welcome to Hibernian…
I’m excited to be here. I’m desperate to get going. With the way the MLS season and the season over here doesn’t quite coincide I’ve been off for a little bit. I’ve been building up my fitness. I’ve been here for a couple of weeks or so, which has given me a good transition period to get used to the lads and see how things are done here. I can understand the expectations of the manager and also just get a feel for the club having been to a couple of the home matches and seeing the fantastic support here. It’s been a nice transition for me but I’m certainly ready to get going and help the team and the club in any way I can.
What have your early impressions been?
I’ve been able to come to a couple of matches and the support has been really good. They’ve been big games as well against Celtic and Rangers. I’ve really enjoyed the atmosphere that the fans bring. It’s been good to see how the manager works. I’ve been involved in the meetings and that’s helped me get a feel for what’s expected of me as an individual and the team as a whole.
You said off-camera that you’d come up against Paul’s Barnsley side…
I don’t recall off the top of my head but I hope I made a decent impression. Enough to make him want to sign me here!
You’ve been here on your own but the rest of the family will be over soon?
They are. It was funny. Today the wind at the training ground was incredible. I’ve never experience anything quite like it apart from hurricane season in Florida. I’m excited to be coming back to the UK. I played in England for 15 years or so and missed it. This gives me the opportunity to do it again. I’m looking forward to my wife and kids joining me. My wife was prepared! As soon as I signed and told her she sent me pictures of the boys in green shirts and they’ve made some brownies. My four-year-old loves to bake with my wife so it’s any excuse to make brownies. This time they had green sprinkles on them, which was a cute way to show their support.
After your break you must just be glad to be back in amongst it?
I definitely missed it. It’s difficult to keep yourself fit training on your own but you miss the banter amongst the lads and being around the team environment. I’m delighted to have signed. There’s no substitute to playing games. Now the international break will give me even more time to get me a game with the Development Squad to build my fitness and hopefully make an impact with the first team.
You obviously came through the ranks at Manchester United and everyone has a Sir Alex Ferguson story. What’s your one?
I had a fantastic time at the club. I couldn’t have picked a better place to start my career and football education. I think it was at the end of my first season when I’d been training a lot with the first team, travelling with the squad and was on the bench occasionally. I played in a reserves game and, to be fair, I had a pretty poor game. I was back with the first team at the weekend and the manager pulled me aside. He said: “Spector, you were absolutely useless that last game.” That was all he needed to say. It struck me how good he was at understanding how to deal with individual players and personalities. I’m sure we’ve all heard stories about how he’s gotten into other players at times. His man-management skills were incredibly good.
What are you most looking forward to now you’re back in the UK?
The atmosphere that the fans bring and, believe it or not, the rain because it brings a slicker surface. Playing in Orlando in their summer in that heat can be pretty difficult. Being able to play in quicker games is something I’ve missed.
For those who maybe only know you by name, how would you describe yourself as a player?
I think one of my best attributes is how I read the game and my willingness to work as hard as I possibly can and contribute to the team. We only have a couple of months left of the season but I’m hoping I can make an impact and help the squad in any way I possibly can.