First Team

McEneff: I'll play my part for the JTs

1st April 2022

Aaron McEneff may have had to be patient for an extended run in Hearts’ midfield, but our Irish dynamo says he’s more than happy to play his part for the Jam Tarts.

Injuries to Beni Baningime and Cammy Devlin has allowed Aaron to show his stuff in maroon over the past few matches but with several crunch clashes to come for Hearts over the next few weeks, it’s been a plunge into the deep end.
 
It’s no sweat for McEneff though, who says he’s been putting in the hours ahead of the moment his services would be called upon.
 
“That’s football isn’t?” he told the media ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Ross County.
 
“It can change so quickly. We’ve worked hard all season as a group and we knew coming into the business end of the season that we need everyone onboard and ready to go. I’ve kept myself going all season so that whenever I’m called upon, I’m ready to go.
 
“It’s a great time for the supporters, the club, and the players. You want to be involved in big games as a football player. There’s a lot of important games for the team in the coming weeks but we can’t afford to look past Dingwall tomorrow.
 
“We’ve prepared all week, and when this is done; we’ll only focus on the next one. That’s the way it is.”
 
Aaron’s versatility has been utilised several times by Robbie Neilson this season; with the Irishman able to operate in his usual central position or further up the park as part of the attacking output.
 
McEneff has enjoyed being deployed in various roles for the JTs, admitting that he’s more than happy to go anywhere he’s needed for the team.
 
“I’ve no problem playing in those two central positions. I’ve played there my whole career near enough, so it’s a natural fit for me,” he explained.
 
“There have been times this year where I’ve been used further forward. Which has been good as well. With the style of football that we play, there’s a lot of rotations and movements that let you play and express yourself at times.
 
“Whatever position I play, I’ll always try and give my best. If it’s either of them – it’ll be no problem.”