Hibs new boy Kurtis Byrne won't fail at the Hibees

Last updated : 05 September 2007 By Steve Forbes
Hibs new boy Kurtis Byrne has this afternoon spoken of his determination NOT to follow in his father's footsteps - by learning from his mistakes!

Byrne, 17, is the son of former Celtic player Paul Byrne, who freely admitted to drinking and gambling problems while at Celtic as well as being a smoker and was criticised for being over weight and having general fitness problems.

Speaking after signing a two-year deal at Easter Road, the youngster said:

"My dad is delighted for me.

"He is the first to admit his own career didn't go too well. He had all the ability in the world but he knows he blew it.

"He has warned me to stay away from drinking and gambling because it was the path that wrecked his career.

"I know it is up to me. If I work hard and concentrate on the game then I can go on and make a name for myself.

"I had to get out of
Norwich because I felt I was going backwards.

"I want to be one of the next talented youngsters to come through Hibs' ranks.

"If I work hard and score a few I hope to be knocking on the first team door before the end of the season."

Byrne has signed for Hibs under freedom of contract after negotiating his way out of his deal at Norwich City.

He scored for Hibs U-19 side against Inverness Caledonian Thistle's U-19 side while on trial in Edinburgh, which promted Hibs boss John Collins, a former Celtic team mate of his father's, to offer the young Irishman a deal.

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