Aaron Hughes insists he had no hesitation in extending his contract with the club and is now eager to get back on the pitch for the final few games of the season.
The English Premier League veteran has endured a frustrating spell on the sidelines over the past few months but is now available for selection for this Sunday’s clash with Aberdeen.
The 37-year-old Northern Ireland international became a key player in the heart of defence after joining the club in January and has made eight appearances to date. He’s now penned a contract extension that will keep him at Tynecastle until the end of the 2017/18 campaign.
Speaking to the media on Friday afternoon, Aaron admitted penning a new deal was a no-brainer.
“It was an easy decision to make because I’ve really enjoyed my time at the club. Everything people told me about the club before I signed has shown itself to be true, it’s a great place to be,” he explained.
“This is a club that can push for European spots each year. You also look at the two cups as a real possibility and it’s something we should target.
“I’ve been injured lately but that’s part and parcel of the game.
“I wouldn’t have committed myself to another season if I didn’t think I was able to because, regardless of everything else, it wouldn’t have been fair on myself or the club.
“I’m fully determined to get another good season ahead of me. I’m back in training now and available for selection this weekend.
“Because I’ve been on the sidelines I’m really looking forward to being involved in the last few games.
"There’s still plenty of incentive for me personally to get game time between now and the end of the season. There’s a few internationals coming up in the summer as well and I’d love to be part of that too.”