He’s watched his brother interview royalty- but Paul McGinn is just hoping that John’s success at Hibs prior to his Aston Villa switch isn’t a ‘hinderance’ for him.
The second-eldest McGinn brother joined Hibs in January following a spell with St Mirren. He is the latest off the McGinn family tree to play at Easter Road following John’s Leith exploits before a move to Aston Villa.
🗣️| "Paul's one that will probably get far less written about him than Greg and Marc but he has been terrific. He's consistently so good and playing in different positions. A manager's dream."
🙌 Head Coach Jack Ross hails the understated impact of new signing Paul McGinn. pic.twitter.com/5LGEZT9YmA
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Just recently, the Villa midfielder had the chance to interview royalty in Prince William. His big brother admits it was an unbelievable scenario that was laughed and joked about within the family.
“It was a surreal moment,” Paul said. “John told us he was doing it and I was laughing at how upright he was sitting. John says William was just like a normal guy – he’s living in a different world now!
“There were a few of the Watford boys there as well who Stephen knows. They told him John was speaking to Prince William as if they were best mates.
“He was also doing the Villa TV for the Spurs game at the weekend so I was asking him if he was just a pundit now. He’s actually a good speaker so maybe he’s got a chance.”
Paul is well aware that his brother has turned into a remarkable footballer. After shining at Hibs, he has take his game to new heights with Aston Villa. It’ll be a hard ask for Paul to follow John’s work up.
Whilst perhaps not hitting the headlines like other Hibs signings during the winter window, Paul’s been every bit as good. He’s slotted in seamlessly to Jack Ross’ back three and has been pretty comfortable in that system. But will his second name provide a slight bit of trouble for him in Leith? Paul thinks it potentially could.
“It’s maybe a hindrance,” Paul said of his surname. “They all look at John and think, His brother can’t be as good! I suppose it does help that they are fond of his name and will want me to do well.
“I’m pleased with how well I’ve done and how I’ve played. I’m pleased to be contributing. I wasn’t expecting to be at Hibs this time last month! It’s just the way football goes and it happens so fast.”