Josh Doig: ‘Without meaning to sound creepy, he looks like Ronaldo’ – why Hibs expect youngster to flourish in Verona


Doig has had a meteoric rise in the past two years at Hibs.
Doig has had a meteoric rise prior to now two years at Hibs.

Barring any late hitches, Doig will transfer to Serie A for a reported charge of £3million. The 20-year-old is thought to be one of many nation’s brightest prospects at left-back and regardless of sustained curiosity south of the border for the previous 12 months, Verona have come to the desk with a suggestion membership and participant can’t refuse.

Amongst his achievements in a fast two-year rise at Easter Street, Doig managed to oust Stevenson from the common left-back slot. His tempo, energy, physique and athleticism caught the attention of many suitors. Stevenson believes he’ll go on to even higher issues.

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“I do not assume I’ve seen a greater pure athlete than him and that stands him in good stead,” Stevenson, now 34, stated of Doig. “I do not assume he obtained the credit score he deserved final season once I thought he had a greater all-round season than the one earlier than. He is a good boy and somebody I might like to see go on and do properly. I feel we’ve got all been saying that though he has obtained this transfer, we genuinely really feel he might go from there and kick on once more.

Lewis Stevenson believes Josh Doig, above, has the bodily attributes to be a hit in Italy.

“He has potential to go to the highest degree. He’s 6ft 3in, quick, sturdy. Even simply taking a look at him along with his high off, with out that means to sound creepy, he appears to be like like Ronaldo, with that type of physique. He simply is an athlete and that’s half the battle these days.

“He’s nonetheless the identical man he was when he first got here in at 16/17 and educated with us a couple of instances. I feel his first recreation was Carlisle and I used to be injured and he got here on and right away it was clear he had one thing and he kicked on from there. So perhaps it’s me that has obtained him there! Possibly he’ll give me a proportion. Nah, he’s a high man and I can not reward him any extra.”

Doig’s imminent Hibs departure leaves a void at left-back, with Demetri Mitchell nonetheless recovering from harm. “Right here was me pondering I used to be a midfielder after the way in which final season completed!” quipped Stevenson. “Now I am again to left-back. However Demi is sort of again and I’m certain they are going to signal another person so I’ll simply benefit from the video games once I’m taking part in.”

Hibs are near touchdown Marijan Cabraja on a three-year deal from Dinamo Zagreb, so Stevenson’s premonition a few new arrival seems on the cash. Nonetheless, he’s set to start out on Tuesday evening for Hibs’ second match of the Premier Sports activities Cup marketing campaign away at Falkirk, contemporary from defeating Clyde 5-0 on Saturday, as he appears to be like to remain within the ideas of latest supervisor Lee Johnson.

Doig and Stevenson throughout a Hibs victory final season.

“It’s nonetheless early doorways,” Stevenson replied on life beneath Johnson, the newest in a protracted line of managers he has performed beneath. “The gaffer will give us pointers, issues he needs us to do, and it’s as much as us to attempt to implement them. Everyone seems to be having fun with it and it’s thrilling for everybody to look at. Hopefully, we are able to proceed that.”

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