Hibs’ Josh Doig says it’s ‘such a shock’ to win the Scottish Football Writers Association’s Young Player of the Year award as links to teams like Leeds United persist.

The left-back has won the major award after a stunning first full season at Hibs has resulted in transfer speculation to clubs like Leeds United. It was stated at the weekend that the 18-year-old would cost around £1.2 million (Daily Mail), contracted to the Easter Road club into 2025. He could become a Scottish Cup winner too this term after Hibs reached the final on Saturday.

Hibs' Josh Doig has won the Young Player of the Year award amid links to Leeds United.

Hibs’ Josh Doig has won the Young Player of the Year award amid links to Leeds United.

Doig said of his award: “I’m ecstatic about it. It’s the first award I’ve ever won but it’s brilliant, such a shock. I wasn’t really expecting that but I’m absolutely delighted. It’s a proud moment for my family. I know the other players on the list and a few who weren’t on there who have been doing so well this season.

“Watching these players, thinking how good they are doing at such a young age, I idolised them, but to win the award over them is still shocking for me. It’s such a confidence boost for myself and it’s testament to how well myself and the team have done this season. To even be put in a category with these players is massive for me.

 

“I knew I had to do something to impress – I knew I had to come in with an energy. I came in with that confidence, I reaped the rewards from that and I’ve never looked back. It feels like yesterday playing my first game against Kilmarnock, and it’s all gone so fast. But I’ve absolutely loved it, I’ve enjoyed every second and I’ll never take it for granted.”

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