Hibs midfielder Daryl Horgan has admitted that he probably had a small headstart on his team-mates in winning over new boss Paul Heckingbottom – but insists that he’ll still need to put the work in to keep his place in the starting XI.

Heck tried to sign the Irishman when he was Barnsley boss and Horgan was plying his trade for Dundalk, but lost out to Preston in the bid to sign him.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Match shot of Daryl Horgan of Hibernian FC during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Hamilton Academical at Easter Road on February 16, 2019 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

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After linking up at Hibs, Horgan thinks that the previous interest in him from his now-manager probably gave him a bit of a boost when it came to his early team selections.

“I think there was something in that, the manager trying to sign me for Barnsley. But at the time it was just the way it went and I ended up at Preston. It was the right move at the time but, unfortunately, we then had a change of manager,” Horgan told the Edinburgh Evening News.

9th February 2019, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Cup football fifth round, Hibernian versus Raith Rovers; Daryl Horgan of Hibernian celebrates after scoring the opening goal with team mates

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“I suppose it shows that the manager did like me. Hopefully, he still does. Maybe is it good for me, but football changes so much.

“He may have seen something he liked, but that might have changed, so I still have to prove myself, that I’m good enough and able to fit into the new system.”

29th December 2018, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hibernian versus Heart of Midlothian; Clevid Dikamona of Hearts slides in to tackle Daryl Horgan of Hibernian

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The Irishman has grabbed five goals and nine assists for the Easter Road side and has been impressive – if inconsistent – since arriving in the capital.

After starting both games under Heckingbottom so far, Horgan will be hoping to get another chance to shine when the Hibees face St. Johnstone tonight.

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