Hibs have today announced yet another "strategic partnership" link-up - this time with Civil Service Strollers.
Civil Service become the fourth club to link-up with the Hibees - following on from USL side Charleston Battery, Scottish League Two side Stenhousemuir and English Premiership side Brighton.
The partnership will see players from the Hibs development side head out on loan with the Lowland League side.
Hibs have been sending players out on loan to the fellow Edinburgh side over the past few years, but the link-up has now become an official one.
Speaking to the official cub website, Hibs sporting Director Graeme Mathie said:
"This strategic partnership is another key step in our Player Pathway model.
“We have utilised the loan system as part of our player development strategy for some time now and are convinced that early exposure to men’s football is key to the transition of young players from the Academy into the professional game.
“Civil Service Strollers have been an excellent partner for us for a number of seasons now and we are delighted to formalise the relationship at this time.”
It's clear to see that Hibs won't be going down the route of a "colt" side in the Scottish Lower Leagues.
Celtic and Rangers are both looking to field Colt teams, but the Hibees seem to have other ideas.
Going out on loan to Civil Service and Stenhousemuir will help our youngsters progress, by getting game tie under their belts.
There is also the option of a possible loan move to Charleston Battery in the USA.
A complete change of culture and style of football would be a fantastic move for any young Hibee.
We look forward to finally getting out of this covid mess and seeing our kids head out on loan.
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