Liam Boyce will remain a Hearts player until the summer of 2025 after extending his contract.
The Northern Irish striker has returned to the first-team picture following a lengthy injury lay-off and has turned in a string of impressive performances.
His appearances this season has triggered a year’s option in his contract, meaning the 32-year-old will continue to pull on the maroon jersey for the next 18-months.
The popular forward joined Hearts in January 2020 and has gone on to feature 107 times, scoring 36 goals.
Speaking to the Official Hearts Website, Head Coach Steven Naismith said: “Boycie’s experience is invaluable inside the dressing room and we’re all delighted that he’s going to be here for a further year.
“I know from experience how difficult it is to return from a long-term injury but he has taken everything in his stride and you can see when he’s out on the pitch that it’s not affected him, he’s a quality player.
“Competition for places is fierce and having top talent like Boycie challenging for a spot only helps push standards even higher.”
Sporting Director Joe Savage said; “Boycie’s contract extension is great news and a testament to his drive and determination.
“Our plan was always to give him the time he needed to come back feeling fit and then reintegrate him into the first team scene. There was never any pressure, it was about making sure Boycie had the best chance to get back to the level he’s capable of.
“I think everybody can see he’s achieved that. He’s an influential player on and off the pitch so for him to trigger his contract extension is pleasing for everyone.
“There’s been lots of positivity around the club recently thanks to the first team’s winning run, moving up to third in the league and also Steven and Lawrence Shankland’s awards. Boycie’s contract extension adds to it and we’re hopeful of sorting out a few more, so watch this space.”