First Team

Brandon keeping feet on the ground

24th November 2017

Jamie Brandon admits he's still got a long way to go despite man of the match showing against Partick Thistle.

Jamie Brandon insists he’ll keep his feet on the ground despite a man of the match showing in last week’s draw with Partick Thistle.

The 19-year-old made his ninth appearance in the top team since his debut at the end of last season, and impressed in the right-back spot.

He’s not letting the praise go to his head, however, and has reveled that Craig Levein has helped to keep him grounded.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Jamie said: “I think I’ve still got a wee bit to go yet before I’m a regular and be starting most of the games.

“I’ve only got nine appearances so far so I don’t really class myself as that yet.

“Craig has been great with me and he always gives me wee insights into how I can improve myself, especially with positioning.

“He expects me to go out and do my best every time I’m training or playing.

“That’s the type of player he wants me to be, and to keep a good attitude.

“I’ve not made it yet so I have to keep going.”

Joining Jamie in defence last week was Aaron Hughes, Christophe Berra and Michael Smith, all players with international experience.

Quick to praise his teammates, Jamie admits they go above and beyond the call of duty to help him, and the club’s other young players, integrate seamlessly into the first team.

First-team players speak to you every morning,” he said. “When you see them they offer you advice and it’s really helpful as a young player.

“Aaron, Michael and Christophe are probably the three that I mainly look up to. Christophe and Aaron have got loads of international caps and they’re really helpful with me.

“Michael takes me aside after training and we do things like crossing, and work on the things that full-backs do.

“They’ve been really good with me. It’s brilliant, to be honest.

“I didn’t expect it when I got round to the first-team but they’ve just been really helpful.

“You can’t really ask for much more when you’re going round as a young lad.”

Jamie’s press conference is available to watch in full on HeartsTV.