Hibs youngsters Keegan Ayre and Sean Lynch impress the boss!

By Steve Forbes
Last updated : 18 October 2007

Hibs boss John Collins has today revealed that two youngsters have impressed him in the reserves over the last few weeks and have forced themselves into his thoughts.

Canadian U20 international Keegan Ayre (above right) and Scotland U21 international Sean Lynch have both impressed Collins and he has admitted that he won't be able to keep them out of the side for much longer.

Ayre, a centre midfielder, has been a stand out since arriving at Easter Road a couple of years back from British Columbia in his homeland and has played through the levels for the Canadian national team from U17. He is being tipped as the best player
Canada have ever produced and was crowned Canadian Young Player of the Year last season.

Sean Lynch will be more familiar to Hibs fans having come in and impressed in the first team before and will now be hopeful of another crack at SPL action.

Hibs boss John Collins said of the pair:

"Sean and Keegan have been doing well, we obviously know what these boys are capable of and we have got a long, hard season ahead of us.

"All of the reserves are playing well right now, though. It goes without saying that all of these young boys are eager to learn. They listen to what you're saying and the reasons why you are saying it and they work hard in training.

"They are less set in their ways because they are just starting out in their football careers and so they're more open to advice on how to look after their bodies, how to try to live their lives away from the football pitch.

"That can only benefit the team in the long run and we're starting to see that happen already.

"Things that we are doing with them in training are starting to happen in games and even things we are doing with them away from the football field are having an effect, from what they are eating to how they look after themselves.

"Their fitness levels are very good right now, we had Roger Propos back at the club for 16 or 17 days, right into the first week of the international break and that really gave us a chance to work the boys who were still here. A lot of our boys were called up by their national sides and we have a fairly small squad, but the ones who were left behind worked even harder."


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