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Brandon: Maroon for me

19th June 2020

Jamie Brandon signed a contract extension because he couldn’t see himself in any colour other than maroon.

The Scotland U21 cap today penned a new deal, which will keep him at Hearts until 2022.

Injury sidelined the full back for a chunk of the 2019/20 campaign but he’s raring to go when football restarts and believes recent events can spur the team on.

Speaking to Capital City Press, Jamie said: “I didn’t think twice about signing a new deal, especially at a time like this when a lot of boys don’t know where they are going to be next season. 

“I always saw myself in Hearts colours and when the contract was offered, it just became a case of when we could get it done. 

“It’s a great club, great facilities and the fans are unbelievable to play in front of. It’s a great place to be. I’ve got to know the staff around the club, I’ve been given a lot of support during my time here and it was always my aim to stay here. 

“The way the season ended was frustrating on a personal level. I had been back in training for a couple of weeks before the football was stopped and I was starting to feel like I was finding full fitness. I was desperate to play some games.

“That’s just made me more hungry to get back, whenever that may be. I’m raring to go.

“Since lockdown, I’ve been out running and keeping myself fit, and my ankle feels perfect. If there’s been any positive, it’s that I’ve had extra time to make sure my injury is 100 per cent healed and get in top condition for coming back.

“Everyone in the dressing room knows what the aim is, if we start in the Championship - to come straight back up. We have the players to achieve that and we have the determination. 

“I think that sense of injustice will definitely drive us on. You can see that from the supporters, who have been unbelievable and have stepped up when the club has been going through this tough time.”