CONNER Duthie is confident he can carve out a career at Dunfermline after failing to make the grade at both Hearts and Hibs.
The 19-year-old has penned a one-year contract extension with the Pars to keep him tied to East End Park until 2018.
It is a huge boost for the teenager, who has caught the eye of manager Allan Johnston since joining the Fifers’ under-20s squad in March.
After making three appearances at the tail end of last season, Duthie has been rewarded with starts against Buckie Thistle and Morton in recent days and a substitute’s appearance against Ayr United.
The progress is welcome for the versatile midfielder, who had to leave Hearts as a youngster and then Hibs last season with just one six-minute long first-team outing to his name.
Duthie, who has filled in at full-back for Dunfermline, said: “I’ve been working hard in the under-20s and on the training field, so it’s good to get something out of it.
“I was told if I kept doing well my chance would come sooner rather then later and you just have to be prepared to take it.
“Against Buckie it was my chance and hopefully there’s many more to come.
“I didn’t have any doubts about coming here because it’s still a big club and a great club to be at.
“John Potter told me I would have a chance here and I know boys like Lewis Martin and Ryan Williamson have come through here so I think coming here was a great option.
“It was disappointing to leave Hibs but you move on and you keep your head up high. I’m glad I’ve come here and done well.
“I went from Hearts to Hibs before that and it’s just about playing football, no matter which club or in which division. It’s always been my life and hopefully that will continue.”