Logan given academy chance with Hibernian
Logan Jimenez has moved a step closer to realising his dream of playing professional football after joining the Hibernian youth academy.
The forward officially joined the Scottish club last week after impressing the coaching staff.
Gareth Evans, the academy director, told The Royal Gazette: “Logan has suitably impressed us after attending coaching sessions at our training centre, just outside Edinburgh, and we are now looking forward to working with him on his football journey.
“Hopefully, Logan will enjoy his experience at our fruitful academy for aspiring young football players.”
The 12-year-old is thrilled to have made inroads towards his ultimate goal of showcasing his skills at the professional level.
“My passion has always been to play football professionally ever since I was 5,” Logan said.
“I am very excited to have this opportunity to be a part of Hibernian FC and well aware that now the hard work starts.
“I just want to say a huge thank-you to my mom [Lyndsey Clarke] and dad [Jared Jimenez] for supporting me and always being there for me.
“This just shows you that hard work pays off and I’m going to continue my journey all the way through until I make into professional because my dream is to make it to professional. I can’t wait for the future.”
Logan holds dual Bermudian and Scottish citizenship and has ambitions of lacing up for both countries on the international stage.
“I want to make Bermuda and Scotland proud by representing both countries on the field,” he said. “My grandfather [Ian Clarke] would be especially proud to see me play for Scotland one day.”
Logan’s career started at BAA where he captained the under-nine squad and earned the player’s player of the year award on several occasions.
He also had a stint with Somerset’s under-11 squad last season and was chosen as his team’s MVP.
The wide midfielder has also featured in the Kappa All-Star match.
“I want to make all my coaches proud, especially [BAA youth coach] Kevin Johnston,” Logan added. “He was my first coach who really pushed me and was also the one who made the introduction to Hibernian.”
Bermuda’s links with Hibernian stretch back to the 1980s when striker Ricky Hill was there on trial.