By Alan Robertson
RISING sporting stars Lewis and Jason Jarvis may be best of brothers at home – but family loyalty will mean nothing come kick-off.
The siblings have just signed for Edinburgh rivals Hearts and Hibs respectively after arousing interest from both halves of the Old Firm as well.
Despite both being Hibees at heart, Lewis, 12, has penned a pro-youth contract with the Tynecastle outfit, while only younger brother Jason, 10, has agreed a similar arrangement with the Easter Road side.
And the controversial choice has sparked fierce rivalry in the Jarvis household.
Mother Jay Jarvis, 39, said:
“It was a bit of a surprise when Lewis chose Hearts because we are all Hibbies.
“But it was totally their own decisions.
“I was delighted that one of them chose Hibs because I’m a Hibby, but I was being a parent first and foremost and let them make their own minds up.
“Lewis is a HIbs fan but is more than happy to play for Hearts and is always in his Hearts tracksuit.
“The minute he pulls on his shirt, his loyalty is with Hearts.
“Lewis played for Hearts against Hibs and I supported Hearts because that’s the team my son is on. “
The duo, who have played together since they were just a few years old, were spotted by talent scouts while playing for local Musselburgh sides.
Still at primary school, younger prospect Jason has trained with Celtic for three years since the age of seven and also attracted interest from Rangers, Hearts and Hibs despite his young years.
“He was going round the four of them playing football but just before you turn ten you have to make a commitment to one team and he chose Hibs.
“His brother was picked up with Hearts when he was eight and was also scouted for Hibs.
“From the age of five, they have both played in the Edinburgh League on a Sunday.
“They just couldn’t get enough football.
“It’s a long time to get to the top but they are heading in the right direction.
“We are all Hibs season-ticket holders and go as a family.
“Lewis tries to say that he supports Hearts too but I know deep down he’s a Hibby.
“We have had situations where Lewis has had to change out of his Hearts shirt in the back of the car on the way to a Hibs game. “