It’s been a frustrating start to the season for Chris Cadden who finally made his first appearance starting in the Edinburgh derby against Hearts on Sunday.
The 24-year-old right-back hadn’t featured for us since a substitute appearance at Rangers back in April and missed the start of the 2021/22 campaign following an injury during pre-season.
After weeks of hard work, he blew off the cobwebs and featured for almost 90 minutes in an intense, hard-fought draw with Hearts at Tynecastle.
“The game was entertaining, it was feisty, and it was everything derbies are about,” said Cadden.
“It was great to be back out there again. It was a frustrating time for me, I worked hard behind-the-scenes, so I was really happy to pull that jersey on again.”
What made that moment even more special for him was knowing that all the extra hours, sessions and effort he put in to get back up to speed as soon as possible had paid off.
“When the gaffer told me I was starting, I was delighted,” smiled the defender. “I got 80+ minutes for the first time in five months which was great.”
“I’ve been working really hard behind-the-scenes and now I’m hoping to reap the rewards from that.
“I worked with the sports scientists, the physios, to make sure I was ready fitness wise, I’m quite naturally fit as well, so I’m good in that aspects. It’s still hard work though.
“I’ve been staying behind after sessions to do extra running, it’s been hard work, then when you come into the game it’s the adrenaline that helps get you through. I felt ok, a little tired, but good.”
Another special moment for Chris was playing in-front of the amazing Hibees.
Despite being with us for eight months or so, this was his first chance to play in-front of them, and what an occasion that was.
“It was brilliant, being able to play in these kinds of games was the reason I came to Hibs, these kinds of derbies, and I absolutely loved it.
“This was my first game in front of the Hibees crowd, so I went from 0 to full capacity.
“The fans were unbelievable; they get you through it and keep you concentrated. It was a pleasure to play in-front of them.”