Josh Doig spent some time working with his mum and dad, stacking shelves while he aimed for a career in football – and he’s grateful for one at Hibs as he signs a new deal until 2025.

The teenage left-back has been a revelation at Hibs this season, form at Easter Road this term following a loan spell at Queen’s Park leading to links to the Premier League with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and more.

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Josh Doig has been linked with the Premier League (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Doig admits he has been taken aback by his fast rise after being released by Hearts: “Being released was a big knock, but coming to Hibs helped my confidence so much. Football is an absolute rollercoaster – it’s madness – and I can’t thank them enough for hauling me back up.

“I was nowhere near the player I am now at 15 or 16 when I got released. I was tall, lanky and playing centre midfield. I didn’t know what to do, but I fell back into centre-half and found my comfort a wee bit. Obviously I’ve now fallen into left-back and left wing-back, so its good to run about with my head down.

“I fell back in love with the game, because when I was released, it was a hard time for me and my family – looking for jobs and for what to do. I was clueless, I didn’t know what to do. I knew I wanted to do something in sport as I could never sit in an office all day.

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Hearts released him before his move to Hibs. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I went into my mum and dad’s work, mum on the Friday and dad on the Saturday, just to get some experience and money while I was at school. But I knew right away working there that I couldn’t sit still.

“I was stacking shelves but I then couldn’t sleep at night because I had far too much energy! So I knew I wanted to do something in a sport-sense. To be playing football for a living is just crazy. I will never take it for granted, I know how hard I have worked for it.”

Big links to the Premier League have never phased Doig, focusing on the here and now at Hibs. Maths wasn’t his specialist class at school anyway: “I’m clueless about all that valuation stuff – maths was never my strongest subject.

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Josh Doig is loving life in Leith. (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“But I think this new deal does give a bit of security to both me and the club. I was already signed to 2023 under my previous contract and this is now just a new, better one. I’m still shocked to have played as many games as I have so now I need to build on that.

“What’s for me, won’t go by me. There’s always a lot of talk about moves but I try not to look at any of that. I’m playing football at Hibs and I’m enjoying every minute of it. I couldn’t be happier. I want to play as many games as I can. I’m only 18 and I’ve played a decent amount this season so it’s a good start. But it’s all about pushing forward now.”

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