Aaron Hughes will remain a Hearts player after signing a one-year contract extension.
The centre-half – Britain’s most capped defender after making 112 appearances for Northern Ireland – has signed on for season 2018/19 as Hearts look to push back up the Ladbrokes Premiership table.
Vastly experienced and a calming figure at the back, Aaron signed for Hearts in January 2017 on an initial six-month deal.
The former Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Fulham star penned a year-long contract extension at the start of last season, and has made 35 appearances in a maroon shirt to date.
Speaking to HeartsTV, Aaron said: “I needed a little bit of time to figure out if I was able to do another year, mentally and physically.
“I came to the decision that I’d like to stay on and I’m very grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity.
“When I say it was an easy decision, once I’d come to the decision to play, it wasn’t hard to have a chat with the gaffer and say I wanted to stay on.
“I’ve enjoyed my 18-months here immensely. The club has been great with me since I came back from abroad, so there was no hard decision to carry on after I knew that I could do.”