12 Aug Delight as Ruari Paton Signs For Hibs
Ruari Paton celebrated his 16th birthday this week by signing a three year professional contract with Hibernian Football Club in Edinburgh Scotland, along with joining forces with DB Sports Tours as his official agency.
Ruari began his football journey with local club Castleknock Celtic in 2006, joining the academy, subsequently going on to win several NDSL Premier Cups and league titles with the Under 8s though to the under 12s. Ruari eventually left for pastures new, joining Shelbourne FC. He left on positive terms, scoring the two goals in the 2-1 cup final win at AUL vs.St. Mochta’s.
Having joined Shelbourne, Ruari was the top scorer that season as the newly promoted outfit managed a joint 5th place finish. In 2013, Ruari realised a childhood ambition by joining St. Kevin’s Boys, enjoying a fruitful season playing at the Shanowen Road ground with a club that he had held great admiration for.
The highlight of the season was Ruari representing St. Kevin’s Boys in the Kennedy Cup, scoring six goals as the DDSL team won the tournament.
In 2014, Ruari then joined another illustrious schoolboy club – Belvedere FC. Ruairi spent the last two seasons with the Dublin club. However, in March 2016, he realized another childhood ambition by making his international debut against Turkey in April 2016.
During 2015, Ruari had trials with Stoke City and Celtic, and in February 2016 Hibernian Football Club made an approach for Ruari and following a successful trial period. Soon after a professional contract was duly offered to Rory following his impressive performance on trial.
During July 2016, Ruari played for the Hibernian under 17 team that reached the final of the Milk Cup Super-Cup Premier division. Ruari also made his debut for Hibernian Development under 20 team at Hawick in July 2016, coming on as a substitute in a 3-1 victory.
Ruari is now living in Tranent Edinburgh and is looking forward to his new professional football career. A prolific goal scorer and playmaker, Ruari has excellent game intelligence and is a complete team player. He is instinctive in front of goal and has two good feet and good pace.
DB Sports co-founder David Berber spoke of his delight to have joined up with Ruari on his football journey which has now lead to Scotland: “Im absolutely delighted to be working with Ruari and his family, he’s a fantastic kid always wanting to learn and better himself. I think he’s chosen a fantastic club and getting to work with Neil Lennon is bonus”.