Hibs have taken the bold step of starting a relationship with Andy Murray which will see the tennis star mentor two of their best young talents.
Murray might be busy with his recovery from hip surgery, but he’s still got time for other things in his life – and this unique partnership with his beloved Hibees will be among his duties off the tennis court.
Hibs made the announcement this morning, confirming that a ‘unique arrangement’ had been agreed between the club and Murray.
It’s a relationship that will develop over time, but will begin with Murray acting as a mentor to youngsters Ryan Porteous and Fraser Murray as they look to become first team regulars for club and country.
Both are Scotland Under 19 internationals and have made a dent on Neil Lennon’s team over the last year.
Now the hope from Hibs will be that Murray can help inspire them to a higher level thanks to his experience as one of the best tennis players in the world.
Speaking about the arrangement to hibernianfc.co.uk, Murray said: “Ever since my grandad played for Hibs in the 1950s, my family have supported the club. We were impressed with the quality of the facilities and the people working there, it feels like a natural and authentic partnership.
“Football is a huge passion of mine and I’m looking forward to working with the club and with Ryan and Fraser and helping them with every aspect of their careers. Hibs have a great youth set-up and with the team of people I have around me, we’ll be helping them in any way we can.”
It’s an interesting development for both Hibs and Murray.
The tennis superstar created 77 Sports Management alongside business advisers Matt Gentry and Gawain Davies and it’s in that role that the deal has been struck.
Does it signal the intention of the management company to move into football agency? It would certainly be appealing to young talent considering Murray’s involvement and what could be learned from one of Britain’s greatest ever athletes.