First Team

Gino: Hearts the only place for me

17th June 2021

Josh Ginnelly says that the positivity he’s felt from the fans made it an easy decision to commit his future to Hearts.

The former Preston North End winger today signed a two-year-deal to become Robbie Neilson’s first signing of the summer.

He revealed that the confidence shown in him by the manager, along with messages of support from the fans, left him in no doubt that Tynecastle was where he wanted to be.

Speaking to Hearts TV, Josh said; “Definitely, the relationship with the manager was a deciding factor in me staying. Since the day I walked in here he’s filled me with confidence and let me play with my freedom and that’s when I’m at my best.

“I was quite unlucky last season (with injuries) as we all know but I think that confidence he’s shown in me, all I can do is repay him with good performances and goals.

“Here is where I wanted to be. It was pretty simple, really. People in the club were saying that the fans really wanted me to sign and I’ve seen it myself. I’ve honestly been bombarded with positive messages since the day I signed here last year. I can’t wait to hopefully return the favour.

“I haven’t even seen the fans in yet but I can already tell what they’re about and how much they care for the club. When you’re a player and your abilities are appreciated, it’s massive and it makes you want to repay them with good performances and working hard.

“Before I came up here I watched a lot of highlights and you can just tell when a club has great fans. Like I said before with the tweets, they love their club and it’s their club as well, and the club does well to keep them involved as well. I love it here.”

Josh's interview is available to watch on Hearts TV in full by clicking here.