Former Havant and South Downs College student secures a professional football contract

A YOUNG midfielder who learned his craft at Havant and South Downs College says it is a '˜dream come true' to be signed by a Scottish Premiership side.

Monday, 14th January 2019, 9:36 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th January 2019, 7:34 pm
New Hibernian FC player Tommy Block, who studied at Havant and South Downs College. Picture: HSDC

Tommy Block, 18, has been signed by Hibernian FC, after graduating from Havant and South Downs College back in 2015.

Block studied the BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in sport and performance, before playing for Bognor Regis Town.

Shortly after trials in November last year, he was offered a deal by the Scottish team.

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He said: '˜It's a dream come true to be offered the chance of a professional contract and to do it with Hibs makes me feel beyond happy because, having spent time with them, I know it is the right move for me.

'˜I've been looked after superbly by all of the staff at the club and they have made me feel so welcome.

'˜There is a real buzz at the club and to think I am going to be part of that is unbelievable really.

'˜Now I need to work harder than I can ever imagine, listen, learn and place my trust in Hibs to help me to develop and be the best player I can become.'

Now, the former college student has some advice for current sports students in the Solent region.

He said: '˜Work hard, relax, train whenever you can, develop yourself and always do more. If you're really serious about football you have to keep your head down.

'˜I've never been the best player, but I've worked harder than anyone else to get where I am.'