Hibernian have signed midfielder Josh Campbell to an extended four-and-a-half year deal.
The 22-year-old has netted seven league goals this season including a hattrick in the 6-0 thrashing of Aberdeen last month and will now remain with the Easter Road side until the summer of 2027.
Boyhood Hibs fan Campbell, who has been with the club since the age of eight, tops the side’s charts for goal contributions this term, adding four assists to his league strikes and has eight goals in all in 29 appearances.
The midfielder said he was “buzzing” to sign the deal and now wants to repay the faith the club has shown in him by helping Lee Johnson’s men push for Europe.
“Hibs means a lot to me, it always helps when you are a fan,” he said.
“The club has trusted me and I have put trust in the club, so it’s a good connection that we’ve got. I feel like this is the best place for me to progress in my career and that is why I have signed a new deal.
“I feel the fans are beginning to see the best of me now, but there is no time to stop, it’s up to me to continue my form and get more goals and assists.
“A few of my goals have come through latching onto the second balls, so I think that is one of the best parts of my game.”
Hibs face Kilmarnock on Saturday on the back of a five-game unbeaten run in the Premiership.
Defeats to city rivals Hearts in the league and Scottish Cup had attracted the vitriol of some sections of the Easter Road support, but Johnson’s men have won two of their three matches since the latest derby setback – scoring eight goals and conceding just once in the process.
Campbell’s trio against the Dons was the first of his senior career and Johnson believes there is plenty more to come from the academy product.
“Josh is an excellent player; he’s industrious, fit as anything, brave, trustworthy, and he will do anything to help his football club,” he said.
“He’s a really good trainer and a great lad who is always looking at ways he can improve.
“Josh is the type of player that the other young lads in the Academy should be looking up too. He’s a great example for them.
“He, and the coaching staff, are looking to continue adding value to his all-round game, and Josh should have an eye on senior international caps.”