Hearts "connection" key, says Snoddy09 June 2022
The 34-year-old is back up the road after a glittering career in England that took him from League One with Leeds United, to the dizzying heights of the Premier League with West Ham United.
With an inbox full of offers after leaving Championship side Luton Town this summer, the former Scotland forward revealed Hearts’ tradition, along with the presence of familiar faces, was the decisive factor in deciding his future.
“It’s great. Whenever I’ve gotten a flight to come back, it’s been just to visit people. To be here with a new club is exciting. I’m pleased to get it done, and I’m looking forward to getting started again,” he told Hearts TV.
“I want to hit the ground running and get myself up to speed. I’ve had about five or six offers in Scotland. I talked to everybody, and the tradition of Hearts stood out. It’s a great club and has been like that for many years.
“It’s been one of the main forces in Scottish football for a long time. It’s one where I spoke to Robbie, I knew Steven Naismith, and a lot of the players already. It was a case of assessing the options and choosing the one I felt I had a connection with. I couldn’t wait to get it done and get going.
“I had options down south, but the manager was straight with me and to the point which I liked. There’s been a lot of fantastic players at Hearts over the years. I’m glad that I’m here and I’m glad that I’m getting myself back and ready for a new challenge.”
Deployed in a variety of positions over the course of his distinguished career, Snoddy insists that he’s happy to go anywhere in service to Hearts.
“My positions have changed over the years, but I’ve always scored and created goals wherever I’ve been. When you get into your thirties, manager’s will ask you to play different positions. I’ve played some of my best football as a number ten.
“Listen, I’m all about the team though. The team always comes first. If I can help in anyway, I will. Even if I’m playing or not playing. I’ve been building up the process of getting myself fit and getting myself ready.”