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New Signing Lucy Graham interview

5 years ago By User 563914

The 16-year-old Scotland youth international represents the Hibees second summer acquisition having already signed Kayleigh McConnell from Celtic.

The centre midfielder from Dunfermline signed for Hibs after impressing Willie Kirk with her performances playing with Forfar Farmington.

Speaking to the club's official website, Lucy said:

"Being the ambitious youngster that I am, I just felt a change was needed to keep performing at the high standards that I set myself before the season. At Forfar I felt I wasn't reaching that level, which could have hindered my development. In terms of moving to Hibernian it wasn't a hard decision because I knew it would better me in the long term, however the relationship I had created with Forfar Farmington was special and to leave along with saying my goodbyes was a tough encounter but overall the decision was fairly straight forward, and I'm 100% sure it was the correct one."

Looking at the challenges ahead for Hibernian in the chase for top spot the determined youngster seems to be very level headed.

"Hibs have a very young squad though the majority of players are experienced within the national set up, which shows every single player is willing to work hard and reach a high level, this hard work will sooner or later be awarded with titles and cups. Having said that youngsters can be naive at times but on the other hand have nothing to lose. As long as each individual continues to develop I believe Hibs are in with a great shout to contend for titles, now and in consecutive years to come."

Looking at the competition for places within the Hibernian Premier League side the 16-year-old is full of confidence her hard work will pay dividends.

"One of the main reasons I decided to move the club was because I felt I wasn't getting pushed enough in terms of fighting for a starting position, I am fully aware of the quality and versatility of the squad. However I am confident that once I settle into the surroundings I can be a great contender, and can battle and potentially secure a place in the team. Don't get me wrong it won't be handed to me and I know the club wont settle for less than the best, but neither do I, i'm anticipating a challenge and willing to work very hard."

"All the clubs I have been at have had significant impact on my development at different levels, Forfar without doubt the most, however comparing Hibs to them all I believe it's another step in the right direction and believe they can capitalise even more on my development. The professionalism at the club will compare with Forfar on some level, but you wouldn't expect anything less from a top prem club, however the standard of play at Hibernian tops them all by a fair degree. So I'm looking forward to playing with confident and ambitious players with very high expectations."

Speaking of her rise to the Premier League Lucy credits playing in boys league teams.

"I first started playing football at the age of about 5/6, but was never linked with a club until about the age of 8/9. My first club was a boys club called Cowdenbeath Central FC. The team consisted of all my school friends which were all boys, and me being the only girl. Playing in boys teams was a great experience 1. Because it made me a lot tougher, 2. I got a lot of respect from other players, and 3. There's never a better feeling than skinning boys for fun."

Lucy's hard work has shown its rewards in the past and the youngster shares her highlights below.

"I got a phone call saying I was a contender for the Scottish Sun Player of the Year Award. At the age if 16 to be put in a category of the top 3 players in Scotland that year was unbelievable. In my first season at ladies Premier league football, just to be recognised was an achievement in its self but I was truly taken back and will never forget that day."

QuickFire Questions

Do you have any game day rituals or superstitions?

"I sort of just take every day as it comes, as long as I've eaten well, kept myself hydrated and with a good nights sleep I turn up on game day raring to go, nothing special."

What are your plans for the future?

" I'm just looking to keep on Improving and maintaining my high standards, in time be picked up by a professional club like every kids dream and be a successful elite athlete. "

What should we expect from you now your a Hibs player?

"I'm very committed and professional about everything I do, and have excellent family support who have high expectations for me to do well. I will give everything I've got and hopefully add knowledge to the squad, but on the other hand I'm keen to learn and help push Hibs in the right direction. All the way to the top."

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