First team

Craig Gordon extends contract

08 February 2024

Heart of Midlothian Football Club is delighted to confirm that Craig Gordon has signed a contract extension.

The hugely experienced goalkeeper has penned a one-year deal which will keep him at Tynecastle Park until the summer 2025.

A standout since returning to his boyhood club in 2020, the Hearts Football Academy graduate saw his career threatened when he suffered a devastating double leg break in December 2022.

He defied the odds, however, to not only complete his rehabilitation in less than a year but once again pull on a Hearts jersey when he helped the Jambos to advance to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

The club captain will continue to represent the Jam Tarts into next season and Head Coach Steven Naismith has spoken of his happiness at having the services of Scotland's 6th most capped player of all time at his disposal.

Speaking to the Official Hearts Website, he said: “It’s great for everyone that Craig has extended his contract by another year.

“Firstly, and most importantly, he’s a fantastic goalkeeper. I see him in training every day and he continues to put in unbelievable performances. To see him come back into the team against Spartans was a special moment.

“Secondly, he’s a leader. He’s an influential figure in the dressing room, someone who has played at the top level both domestically and internationally. Younger players look up to him, so to know that he will be at the club for another 18-months to not only compete for the No.1 jersey but pass on his knowledge to others is a massive thing for this club.

“He’s the type of character this club needs in order to keep progressing because he knows exactly what it takes to be successful.”

Sporting Director Joe Savage said: “Getting Craig’s immediate future sorted is another important piece of business for the club and I feel we’ve made good strides in terms of building towards what is shaping up to be another busy campaign next season.

“Craig is probably the most talented and well-known player to emerge from our youth system and for him to come back from a career-threatening injury and still be at the very top of his game is nothing short of remarkable, so it was a no-brainer to do what we could to keep him here.

“The hard work to keep our most valuable players will continue in the background as the coaching staff and first team continue to focus on their excellent form and securing European football.”