Fresh from his call up to the Scotland U21 squad, Lewis Moore is loving life in the Hearts First Team just months after he considered leaving football altogether.
The winger has enjoyed an extended run in Daniel Stendel’s side since the turn of the year and was today rewarded with a call up to the Scotland U21 squad alongside teammate Andy Irving.
Speaking to the media ahead of tomorrow’s match against St Mirren, however, Lewis gave an honest assessment of just how tough a journey he’s been on recently.
“I was out on loan at Falkirk during the first half of the season and I wasn’t playing. It was a really difficult time and to be honest I was considering leaving football all together and just getting a job away from the game,” he explained.
“I lost my Dad last summer, that was the worst time of my life. I made the mistake of not telling anyone at Hearts for the first few weeks. So, for the start of pre-season my head was just gone, I was miles off it.
“I eventually just kind of broke down and told the club. As soon as I told them, I had all the support in the world. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t keep things to yourself, you need to speak to people and I won’t make that mistake again.
“I’m 21 years old and at the time I wasn’t getting a game in League One. It was just constant set-backs and I thought to myself ‘how am I ever meant to play for Hearts?’ But I think it’s fair to say my mindset has changed now!
“I came back to Hearts in January and was expecting to go out on loan again. Thankfully the gaffer saw something in me. With the way he wants to play football, I knew that I could fit right in and I’m glad I’m doing that.
“Andy Kirk played a big part as well. He kept me believing, he was constantly telling me that I’m good enough to do it but that it was up to me to actually do it.
“Then one day in training we played 11v11 and I did quite well. On the Saturday I started against Airdrie, did well in that game and I think the gaffer has liked me since.
“Even still I have my good days and bad days but I think my Dad would be proud of me now.”
You can watch Lewis' press conference in full HERE.