First Team

Ian building team of leaders

24th May 2017

Ian Cathro hails arrival of 'leader' Christophe Berra as returning defender given club captaincy.

Ian Cathro today revealed Christophe Berra will take up the club captaincy because it’s a role that comes naturally to him.

The defender made his return to Tynecastle yesterday, penning a three-year deal after signing a pre-contract with the club, and the head coach stated that he’s keen to build a team of leaders.

Speaking at Christophe’s press unveiling this afternoon, Ian said: “One of the roles that Christophe will be will be returning to is the position of club captain.

“I think it’s important for us to add to the leadership. Obviously, throughout the season we’ve had Perry and more laterally Don taking that position.

“Don’s someone who will continue to be one of the important leaders inside the group.

“We want to build a team that has more players capable of that, more players ready to take that responsibility so we’re pleased to bring Christophe into that role, and also very ably supported by Don, and Aaron Hughes also a player of experience, ready to be one of those positions.

“We want to add to the players who naturally take upon that position.”

With six players set to depart Hearts at the end of their contracts, Ian confirmed that more arrivals will be sought, but the stressed that he will work to bring the right players in and pointed to the nature of the summer transfer window which will afford the club more time.

“We expect to do business,” he said. “We expect to bring players. I don’t think it’s a moment when we’re going to discuss numbers or put too much stress on the timelines of that.

“The difference now is that we’ve had time to prepare. Naturally the summer window is different and gives us a better way of being able to do our business.

“We will do things as and when we can, ensuring that we do them properly.”

Ian’s press conference is available to watch for free now on HeartsTV.