Jordon Forster has revealed he will still be a Hibernian player next season after penning a new one-year contract.
The 19-year-old enjoyed a remarkable end to the season, making his first-team debut in the derby win over Hearts at Tynecastle on 12 May and capping a memorable fortnight with a composed display in the Scottish Cup final against Celtic.
The defender, who began the campaign on loan with Second Division East Fife, agreed a 12-month deal at Hibs last May and was expected to feature prominently in the club’s under-20s.
However, after winning another season-long agreement, the boyhood Hibs fan is now keen to become a defensive stalwart for years to come. He tweeted: “I’m a Hibs player for the next year and want to be for a long time! I’m signed until next summer.”
Forster was plunged into top-team action because of a back injury that kept skipper James McPake sidelined for the final month of the campaign.
In wins over Hearts, Kilmarnock and Dundee, the Edinburgh-born teenager showed maturity beyond his years and won special praise from manager Pat Fenlon. The Irishman also saw winger Alex Harris and forwards Danny Handling and Ross Caldwell burst to prominence
He said: “In the last five weeks of the season we have maybe got some players we did not think were ready at the moment and that’s a major plus. Jordon’s performance in the cup final as a centre-half was different class for such a young boy.”