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First team stars and new faces give Academy prospects a helping hand

A mixture of first team players and some new faces will help foster the next generation of stars at Hibernian FC through the club's Academy.

The club has recently recruited three new coaches into the Academy set-up, while we are also delighted to retain Grant Murray in a role within the Academy which he now combines with the assistant manager role at Edinburgh City.

Grant Murray (left) chats with Jack Ross and John Potter.

Coaches coming on board include Dan Curnyn, a coach from Fife who has a lot of experience working with junior academy aged children, John Divers, from Motherwell, who has previously worked with Queen's Park and Motherwell, and Gary Jardine, who has agreed to join us from Civil Service Strollers until the Lowland League returns in the summer.

Sporting Director Graeme Mathie said: “We are delighted to confirm the new coaching structure which comes at a good time prior to the recommencement of Academy matches at the start of May and is part of an ongoing upscaling of the staffing structure within the Academy.

"Dan, John and Gary all bring different experiences and energies to our current coaching team and their involvement will undoubtedly benefit the players at the club.

"We had a large number of applications for the roles and also had input from educational psychologist, Lynne Binnie, who was able to apply her knowledge from education to the coaches’ sessions and give us valuable feedback as part of the process."

At the same time, we are in the process of formalising first team players who will fulfil Academy Support Roles.

Between now and the end of the season, they will interact with a designated Academy team on Zoom and once Covid restrictions ease will attend training and matches on a monthly basis.

The players at the HTC will pass on their wisdom and expertise to the younger players.

David Gray will lead the project and Darren McGregor, Paul Hanlon, Jamie Murphy, Joe Newell, Scott Allan, Josh Doig, Ryan Porteous, Stevie Bradley and Matt Macey are among those who have indicated a desire to be involved.

“This is an idea unashamedly stolen from Hibernian Women and the Girls Academy," Graeme continued.

"The club ran a series of Q&A sessions with first team players over the last lockdown and they were very positively received, both by the young people in the Boys, Girls and Community Academies but also by the players themselves."

Graeme's colleagues Davie Flynn and Sean McPartlin have shaped the project which will see each Academy team have a dedicated first team player as a support to their coaches and who will get to know the boys and become a role model for them.

Graeme added: "When you think of the quality of people we have at the club at the moment, this will be a great benefit to the young players but I’ve no doubt will also be hugely beneficial to the senior players who will gain valuable experience in coaching and leadership and I’m excited to see how this project grows and develops going forward.”