Hibs make double developmental signing

Last updated : 28 January 2022 By Steve Forbes

Hibs have today confirmed that they have signed two players for Steve Kean's development side.

Goalkeeper Tom Carter, 18, has signed a short-term deal until the end of the season, after impressing whilst on trial at East Mains.

He signs from English Northern Premier League side, Soham Town Rangers, and has also spent time in both the West Brom and MK Dons youth set-up.

Speaking to the official website, Academy chief Steve Kean said:

“Tom will add depth to our goalkeeping department in the Academy. He was previously involved in the West Brom Youth Academy and at MK Dons, who have a good history of producing good goalkeepers.

“He came up on trial with us and fitted in straight away with the goalkeeping staff.

“We feel the move will benefit Tom first and foremost, but also help our current Development Squad keeper, Murray Johnson. Having another goalkeeper in the building will be good for Murray’s development and help the club too.”

Also signing for the Hibees academy is young Civil Service Strollers midfielder Joao Balde.

The 20-year-old Portugese player has signed an 18 month deal, and has been sent back to Civil Service on loan for the rest of the season.

Balde previously has spells with Rangers and Livingston, but has impressed since signing for the Strollers.

He will return next season and be part of Steve Kean's DV side.

Speaking to the official club website, Kean said:

“He has played in the academy systems in Scotland before, so he has that experience already. He is really coachable and impressed us straight away when he came into training. Anything we have done tactically he picks up very quickly. Technically, he doesn’t look out of place and has adapted really well.

“Joao has the potential to play at a high level. He can play across any position in midfield – whether that is 8, a 10, or a 6. He will add a different dimension to the side which we don’t have at the moment.”

Hibernian-Mad View:

Hibs have been really busy this window, adding to both the first team and DV squads.

Let's hope both these lads take their chance with both hands.

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