First Team

Cochrane to leave Hearts at end of season

16th April 2021

Harry Cochrane is set to depart Heart of Midlothian Football Club at the end of the season.

The 19-year-old had been in discussions with the club regarding a new contract, with his current deal due to expire in June.

However, he has decided to seek a new challenge elsewhere and will look to move on from Tynecastle upon the expiration of his contract.

Speaking to the Official Hearts Website, manager Robbie Neilson said: “Having been offered a contract extension Harry has informed us that he wants to try something new. Harry is a talented player that we would have liked the opportunity to further develop, however we have to respect his decision.

“Having been with the club for the past nine years we would like to wish Harry all the best for the future.”

Sporting director Joe Savage commented: “We offered Harry a new contract because the potential is there, it always has been, and we want to see young players become success stories at Hearts.

“He’s decided go a different way and we respect that. Sometimes a fresh move is best for all concerned, that’s football, and nobody at the club has a bad word to say about Harry.

“From the club’s perspective we’ve done everything procedurally that you would expect in order to protect training compensation, and we plough ahead with developing existing talent and sourcing new players of all ages to come in and improve the team both short and long term.”

Harry burst onto the first team scene back in September 2017 and scored a memorable opening goal in the Jambos’ 4-0 demolition of Celtic in December of that year, a result that halted the then-Champions’ 69-game unbeaten run.

He would go on to make a total of 33 appearances in a maroon jersey as well as enjoying loan spells at Dunfermline Athletic and Montrose.

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