Hibs youngster Tommy Block has made the switch to Queen’s Park on loan for the duration of the 2019/20 campaign. He has cited Liverpool hero, and ex-Queen’s Park man, Andy Robertson as one of the inspirations behind the move.
The midfielder joined up with the Hibees development squad in January from Bognor Regis Town. Now the 19-year-old is heading to Hampden for regular game time in League Two.
Speaking to the Hibs website, Block detailed why he’s decided to join the Spiders.
He said: “Queen’s Park have shown that they aren’t afraid to put young players in and you only have to look at Andy Robertson to see that. I’m also looking forward to running out at an iconic stadium like Hampden on a regular basis.
“The way I see it, I’ll have the best of both worlds. If I’m able to earn a place in the first team at Queen’s Park I’ll pick up great experience at first-team level and hopefully help the team achieve their targets and I’ll also be able to keep working hard at HTC to improve on a daily basis.”
Robertson was given his chance by Queen’s Park
Robertson’s rise from Queen’s Park to captaining Scotland and winning the Champions League with Liverpool is well documented. It is true though that without the Spiders, there is potentially no Robertson.
Not that the left-back wouldn’t have gone on to have a career in the game, but he wouldn’t have reached the high heights he’s at right now without his Hampden experience.
Queen’s Park gave him the platform to play senior football after his release from Celtic. They gave him a chance to show the world what he was capable of and Robertson took it with both hands. The rest is history.
When you hear a story like that, you can’t help but feel inspired. Block is in a lucky position where he can possibly follow the same path as Robertson. Not in terms of winning Champions League’s, not yet anyway, but in terms of getting the same platform to showcase himself.
This is a great opportunity for Block. He’ll hope it makes all the difference and equips him for high level first-team football, just like what happened with Robertson.