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"I'm Enjoying It As Much As I Ever Have"

Hibs legend Lewis Stevenson caught up with Kyle Campbell as pre-season got into full swing at East Mains this week.

Heading into his 17th season with the First Team, Lewis Stevenson is feeling extremely positive about the new campaign and believes Lee Johnson can bring success to Easter Road.

Catching up with hibernianfc.co.uk over the first few days back at HTC, the 34 year-old said: “I’m feeling good! You think it’s going to get harder every pre-season and you get the butterflies in the stomach as you’re not sure how your body is going to react, but I’m glad to get the first few days out of the way and I’m looking forward to the season ahead.

“It’s a new start for everybody. We get to start a blank and you just have to give it your best and show what you can do.

"We have 10 hard days before we go to Portugal for the pre-season games, but it will be enjoyable as well. We need to get it right straight away and get the best out of everybody.”

Stevenson, who made 32 appearances in 2021/22 on his way to picking up the Players' Player of the Year award, believes the arrival of the new manager will steer Hibs in the right direction.

“It seems really positive, and it's been really good to get to work.

"When a new manager comes in you have to be yourself, you can’t change your ways.

"We need to stick together as a team and give it everything we’ve got, and it will stand us in good stead.”

Despite playing at left-back for the majority of his career, Stevenson found himself filling in at different positions last season and believes his versatility can be an advantage to Hibs again in 2022/23.

“I’ve played left wing-back and left-back throughout my career and I’m able to fill in wherever I’m needed.

"I’m at the stage of my career where I’m probably not expected to start every game, but when I do get called upon, I’ll be sure to give everything I’ve got, and I showed last year I can help the team in any way I can.”

After a difficult 2021/22 season, Stevenson is looking towards the future as he set new goals for the new campaign.

“For a club like Hibs, it’s not good enough to be in the bottom six," he said.

"It was a strange season as we were so close to a cup final, so close to winning a cup and so close to achieving the top 6 as well.

"These little margins can make a massive difference, especially in this league where there’s not much between the teams.

“This season we want to get European football, we want a good run in the cup by getting one step further than we did last year. We want to achieve some big derby wins and wins against the Old Firm are always a highlight.

"I’m getting to the later stages of my career, and I want to make the most of it. I’ve been enjoying it as much as I ever have, and I’ve got nothing to lose now so I’ll give it everything I’ve got.”