Hibs kid Alex Harris has warned he’ll be gunning for goals next season after admitting he doesn’t find the back of the net often enough.
The 18-year-old winger took the SPL by storm in the final few weeks of the last campaign, scoring a stunning goal which sparked Hibs’ astounding second-half fightback in the semi-final of the William Hill Scottish Cup against Falkirk.
But it remains the only goal he has to his name although he did score again only for the match against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park to be abandoned. Harris, however, gave notice of his intentions by getting his name on the scoresheet as Pat Fenlon’s side began their preparations for the new season with a 1-1 draw against First Division Dumbarton before heading for a training camp in the south of Spain where they face the Gibraltar national team tonight.
And, he insisted, he’s determined to find himself among the goals when the serious action begins with Fenlon’s men facing either Drogheda or Malmo in the second qualifying round of the Europa League before domestic competition gets underway.
“It was a strange one,” Harris said of his goal in the Bet Butler Stadium. “It came back off the keeper and then went in off me. But every goal counts. Having had such a short career so far, I’m trying to take everything as it comes and it’s great to add another goal to my tally.
“I think I’ve maybe lacked goals over the last couple of seasons with the under-19s and under-20s. I feel I’ve not got as many goals as I should have and that’s something I’m looking to put forward during the forthcoming season.”
Harris admitted the prospect of European football had created an “extra buzz” around Fenlon’s squad and although it will be a new experience for youngsters like himself, Danny Handling, Ross Caldwell and Bradley Donaldson, he believes the fact they were involved in a youth tournament as Scotland’s Under-20 side played teams from Brazil, Slovakia, Mexico and Belgium only a few weeks ago will stand the quartet in good stead.
He told Hibs TV: “I think it will definitely help us. We got used to adapting to playing against different styles and we can use that to our advantage in the Europa League.”
Meanwhile, David Wotherspoon has revealed his family and friends are “thrilled” to have seen him sign a two-year deal with St Johnstone, the midfielder rejoining his hometown club where he first played as a 12-year-old after his Easter Road contract expired.
As he looked forward to making his debut in the Europa League against either Crusaders or Rosenborg, the 23-year-old said: “I’ve always wanted to play for Saints so it’s a dream come true for me. The family will be thrilled that it’s happened. Loads of my pals are Saints fans as well so they’ll be delighted too.”
But Fenlon admitted he was disappointed to lose a player who had spent seven years at Easter Road. He said: “We made him an offer to stay but he chose to move elsewhere and we are disappointed, but David leaves Hibs with our best wishes as he is a good kid.”