Andy Kirk believes his affinity with Hearts has helped him to make a seamless transition into first team coaching.
The former Jambos striker made the move from reserves coach into the top team set-up six months ago, and today signed a year’s contract extension.
Having coached at U15s, U17s and reserves level since returning to the club in 2016, the Northern Irishman’s determination to better himself has resulted in rapid rise through the club’s coaching structure.
Given the uncertainty currently surrounding the game, he’s delighted to be committing himself to Hearts for another year and is already looking forward to the challenges ahead.
Speaking to the Official Hearts Website, Andy said: “It’s great to get the extension. Obviously, the times we’re in aren’t great for everybody so having that security is a good thing. More importantly though it’s a contract extension at a football club where I love to work and where I want to be. That’s the most pleasing side of it.
“Ever since I came back to the club in 2016, at the academy, I knew what I wanted to achieve. I was very clear that, outwith playing, I wanted to get into the coaching side of it and learn as much as I could. I’ve progressed really well over the last four and a half years.
“I’ve always worked towards getting to work at first team level. With reserves, I already had loads of contact with first team players through playing games with me during the week or with different training sessions.
“That side of transitioning into working with the first team wasn’t a problem for me. It’s a good challenge and it’s the level I want to work at so to get there on a day-to-day basis, working with that type of player and being involved with different types of pressures in games is great for me, and I’m really happy with it.
“We all love the game and having that contact with the players and staff, and being out on the football pitch every day is definitely something we all miss. We are all desperate to get back as soon as possible and hopefully that’ll be soon and we can go back to a bit of routine and go back to doing things that we all love to do.”