HIBS KID Jordon Forster has been hit by a suspension which will rule him out of the start of next season, the Evening News can reveal today.
The 19-year-old, one of five Easter Road youngsters to be rewarded with a new contract this week, made a huge impact in the final four matches of the last campaign following a surprise first-team debut in the 2-1 victory over Capital rivals Hearts at Tynecastle last month.
With club skipper James McPake struggling with a back injury, the 6ft 2in centre-half retained his place for the remaining SPL matches against Kilmarnock and Dundee, helping Pat Fenlon’s side clinch seventh place in the SPL table before becoming one of four home-grown teenagers to feature in the Scottish Cup final defeat by Celtic.
Forster now has his sights set on establishing himself as a first-team regular next season, but he has been dealt a blow after learning he’ll miss the opening day of the SPL season on August 3 after picking up a one-match suspension, even though he was only booked once in a green-and-white shirt.
Forster, however, was booked five times while on loan at Second Division club East Fife during the first half of the season, those cautions, along with a yellow card incurred in the penultimate SPL game of the season against Kilmarnock, resulting in an automatic one-match ban.
Meanwhile, a raffle conducted amongst Hibs hospitality guests attending the Cup final has raised £2200 for the Help for Heroes charity, with author Irvine Welsh, who had travelled from Chicago, among the winners as he picked up two Edinburgh Suite passes for a home match next season.