Danny Wilson will leave Hearts at the end of the season, after skippering the club back to the Premiership.
The 23-year-old, who captained the Jambos to a 2-1 victory over Raith Rovers yesterday, will move on to pastures new after lifting the Championship trophy on the final day of the season in front of a packed Tynecastle.
Scotland cap Danny joined Hearts on-loan back in January 2013 before signing a permanent deal that summer. He’s made 84 appearances in a maroon shirt and scored ten goals, five of which have come during this campaign.
Speaking exclusively to Hearts News, head coach Robbie Neilson confirmed that the centre-half will leave Gorgie with everyone’s best wishes.
“Danny’s decided he wants a new challenge and, as I’ve said previously, I’ll never stand in the way of any player who wants to move on so he goes with our blessing and our thanks.
“He’s been an outstanding servant to this club and has played a vital part in its revival this season.
“Danny’s probably seen it all in the two and a half years that he’s been here, and probably had good cause to leave sooner if he had wished to do so.
“He took a pay cut during the bad times and was instrumental in helping to keep spirits up when things looked bleak; buying season tickets and donating them to club charity Big Hearts, and donating several raffle prizes for club events and then buying them back.
“He had options to go at the start of this season but he stayed because he wanted to see the job through and get us back to the top flight so for that I can’t thank him enough.
“We’ll miss him on and off the park and he’s been a great captain but that’s football; players join and players leave and we’re no different here at Hearts.
“We’ll continue to work hard to assemble a squad that can challenge for a top-half spot in the Premiership.”