Hibs sporting director Graeme Mathie has explained the Easter Road club’s new partnership with Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion.
Brighton join American side Charleston Battery and League Two Stenhousemuir as Hibs partners, with the focus being on player development. Mathie has detailed ‘the yellow brick road’ document to success the likes of Josh Doig and Ryan Porteous have walked at Easter Road this season, the club having finished third in the Scottish Premiership.
They will also contest the Scottish Cup final this weekend, Mathie saying it could lead to cross-border switches: “In our conversations with Brighton, it became clear from the start that they saw real benefit in a partnership with Hibernian. Our owner Ron Gordon and I had the opportunity to meet with Paul Barber and Dan Ashworth.
“They are to of the most respected individuals in their field in the English Premier League and there was a genuine meeting of minds. Brighton are widely recognised as having a plan and identity in how they want to grow their club and there is a clear synergy in how we want to operate here at Hibernian making them a perfect partner for us.
“At Hibernian, we have a document called ‘The Yellow Brick Road’. It plots out the steps a player might take on their development journey as a young professional player. Everyone’s journey looks different but now we can start to look at some of the steps the players might take.
“From playing with our U18 group, to potential loans in the Lowland League, to league football with Stenhousemuir, to the Hibernian first team and now beyond into experiencing what life might be like in the English Premier League through our partnership with Brighton.
“This partnership allows us to plan for how a player might potentially go from Hibernian to Brighton or Brighton to Hibernian as two new and exciting options on our ambitious roadmap and gives all our young players a pathway to aspire to play at the highest level of the game.”
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