Hibernian manager Jack Ross has been discussing the new deal that 18-year-old Josh Doig has signed until 2025 at Easter Road.

The full-back has made a first-team position his own this season, and Ross was keen to see Hibernian make the deal to offer the club protection in the future. So that Hibernian can keep him at the club for as long as possible. It could also impact on any clubs that want to buy Doig in the future.

“Give ourselves protection”

“I think there’s a couple of parts to it. I think for us to give ourselves protection, in terms of trying to keep him at the club for longer” he said.

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Josh Doig in action for Hibernian (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“Protection a longer contract gives you, in terms of any potential suitors in the future. And also because his progression to the first-team has been quick, and his previous contract was one that reflected him being a development player. I think it’s also incumbent upon a club to ensure that they are rewarding players for where they stand at a club.

“He’s a first-team player on merit and I think he’ll continue to be so. So I think it was important that we recognised that as well” Ross stated.

Impressed with how player has coped in first-team

Ross has been impressed with how Doig has reacted with maturity to the ups and down of being a first-team regular at Hibernian this season.

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Jack Ross has been impressed with Josh Doig’s performances this season (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“His temperament is terrific. How he’s handled the challenges of the season. How he’s handled the disappointments of the season if you like, because we’ve had a couple as a club.

“He’s had some dips as a player as well. I think we’ve been fortunate that we’ve been able to manage him correctly in terms of taking him out the team when we felt it was appropriate. It probably couldn’t have worked any better in terms of what he’s given us, and how we’ve been able to manage him” Ross concluded.

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