Hibs boss Collins excited by Lynch, Ayre potential

Hibs boss John Collins is excited by the potential of youngsters Sean Lynch and Keegan Ayre.

Collins told the Edinburgh Evening News: "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.

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"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."