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    Quote Originally Posted by Smartie View Post
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    What is it about Hibs and unfit right-backs?

    Gray and Whittaker both injured. Clancy was constantly injured. Michael Hart was slow and finished by the time he reached us as a result of injuries. Maybury put in a good shift but was old and slow by the time he was with us.

    What do we need to do to get someone out there who is reasonably athletic and able to play most weeks?

    (All the while we've had a wee machine putting in a power of work, crunching into challenges and getting up, going from box to box and playing every single week over on the left side - boy will we miss him when the sad day comes that he can't play for us any more.)
    Whilst at hibs David Gray has made

    34 appearances 14/15
    47 appearances 15/16
    41 appearances 16/17

    So to suggest he's injury prone and missed a whole chunk of games is utter nonsense. He's been unlucky this year, yet still played 12 times and been on the bench in other games.

    So we might have a poor history with right backs but you need to go back about four years to find the start of it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by highland hibbee View Post
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    Wasnt it an achilles problem that forced Le God to retire. It can take a long time to heal, had it myself and it stopped me from running, jogging, even restricted my hill walking, so for guys who have to run and sprint as professional footballers do, itís not good at all.
    It is one of the most horrible injuries going. Totally ruined many careers including Santi Cazorla right now at Arsenal. Poor guy has been through hell the last 2 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onceinawhile View Post
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    Whilst at hibs David Gray has made

    34 appearances 14/15
    47 appearances 15/16
    41 appearances 16/17

    So to suggest he's injury prone and missed a whole chunk of games is utter nonsense. He's been unlucky this year, yet still played 12 times and been on the bench in other games.

    So we might have a poor history with right backs but you need to go back about four years to find the start of it.

    I think over the past few seasons the expectations placed upon Gray and Stevenson have been huge. Neither are world beaters but both are solid and reliable. Here's to Gray recovering fully from his injury.

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    Quote Originally Posted by col02 View Post
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    I think over the past few seasons the expectations placed upon Gray and Stevenson have been huge. Neither are world beaters but both are solid and reliable. Here's to Gray recovering fully from his injury.
    Especially under Stubbs when we were playing the diamond and they were expected to get up and down the pitch all game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onceinawhile View Post
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    Especially under Stubbs when we were playing the diamond and they were expected to get up and down the pitch all game.
    How often did we see Stevenson crossing to the back post for Gray under Stubbs?! Both are good servants to the club.

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    I ruptured my Achilles shuffling around ineffectively at the back during a veterans' 11s game in May - very, very sore. A weird pop and it felt like someone had battered me on the back of the leg with a baseball bat. On crutches for three months and it's still not right.

    Pro sportspeople will get surgery and the best rehab but it's still a long recovery process. Scotland rugby player Richie Vernon is just coming back after 10 months or so.

    Sir David is made of steel though, and not yet 30, so hopefully he can get over this in time for next season.

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    Gutted for him, IMO he was very unlucky to find himself out of the team when Whittaker came in, after watching Whittaker in his first few outings I still couldn't for the life of me see what he was bringing to the table that made him a better option than SDG ... Gray was faster, just as good in the air and by a distance a better defender, not to mention our bloody captain.

    Whatever the case, with Gray now out for the season and Whittaker seemingly picking up loads of niggling injuries we need to sort out the right back position ... bringing in a loan player for this gives me the fear I have to say, but it looks like its going to be our best and only option.

    Come the summer this is a situation we are going to have to focus our full attention on, we have neglected both full back positions for far too long, I realise Whittaker was an attempt to shore things up at RB but it appears he isn't going to be the solution we had hoped for even as cover for Gray, which from what I've seen is what he should have ended up as. Its mental that we have gone season after season with no significant challenge to the ever dependable Stevenson at LB, if he was to get injured we are going to end up with no specialist full back on either side, which is far from ideal.

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    Should never have signed him...least of all on a 3 year deal. Now looking like a terrible bit of business

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    Was speaking to a Norwich season ticket holder on Thursday, seems the opinion of Whittaker from day one at Carrow Road was that he was running through quick sand.

    Has looked terribly slow since his return (injury or not).

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