Hibbo's Hard Yards
Tony Hibbert willing to turn out for U21s in search for fitness.
Tony Hibbert is willing to keep on playing for Everton's Under-21s as he bids to force his way into the Blues' first team.
Hibbert played the full 90 minutes of Monday evening's Under-21 win over Blackburn as an over-age player, having otherwise been limited to just one Capital One Cup game this term.
The defensive stalwart admitted the run-out was exactly what he needed and said he was now focused on upping his fitness in order to become an additional option for Roberto Martinez.
"It was my first 90 minutes for a while and I needed it. It was a good game to play in," Hibbert told evertonfc.com.
"Possibly [I need to play more Under-21 games]. I need a lot more hard training sessions as well to get my breathing and fitness up there. It's up to the manager if he wants me to play in any more reserve games. It's good to get out there and play."
Hibbert has watched Everton enjoy a promising start to the campaign and was also able to report that the young players who are part of Alan Stubbs' Under-21 side are also in good form.
"It's been a very good start," he continued. "The manager's come in and stamped his way that he wants to play. The lads have taken to that, we're playing some really good football and the record we had up to the City game was brilliant.
"The Under-21s did really well against Blackburn. Obviously we've got some good young lads. The team that Stubbsy and Unsy (David Unsworth) have here is really good and it was a pleasure to play with them."
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