Bonnyrigg goalkeeper Sam seals his big switch to Hibs

Proud father Peter, left, with his son and goalkeeper Sam, who has just signed for Hibs Under-12s from Bonnyrigg Rose
Proud father Peter, left, with his son and goalkeeper Sam, who has just signed for Hibs Under-12s from Bonnyrigg Rose

Bonnyrigg Primary goalkeeper Sam Hood has signed for Hibs just three years after making his first appearance between the sticks.

Sam, who has been the goalkeeper for Bonnyrigg Rose 2004’s for the last three years, has signed on the dotted line for Hibs Under-12s.

His dad, Peter Hood, (49), said of the move: “He is delighted. It’s a great opportunity for him.

“Hibs have fantastic facilities down at Ormiston. We have been down a few times, it really is great. Sam will train there three nights a week and play on Saturdays.

“He was scouted by Hibs whilst playing for Bonnyrigg Rose and then invited to train with them. They then decided to give him an opportunity for a year. It a young age, but it’s a fantastic opportunity.

“Sam is a Jambo, as am I, but we can be changed. I think he is just so looking forward to the amount of one-to-one training he is going to be getting at Hibs.

“He will playing against the likes of Rangers, Celtic and Hearts so I am absolutely delighted.

“It doesn’t matter that it’s Hibs. It’s a great opportunity to be given at that age.”

And Peter was full of praise for the set-up at his son’s former club.

He said: “Bonnyrigg Rose have been great for Sam.

“They have a great goalkeeping coaching set-up, with James McDermott and Gary O’Connor coaching the goalies.

“Gary taught Sam for the past six months and he really brought him on leaps and bounds. I can’t thank him enough.

“They do have a fantastic set-up at Bonnyrigg. They do a lot for the kids there. Sam has been a goalie for about three-and-a-half years.

“When I think of the size of him when he first went in goals to now, it’s amazing.”