First Team

Michael Smith extends contract

14th January 2022

Michael Smith has become the fourth Hearts player to commit his future to the Jambos.

The club is delighted to confirm that the defender has signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at Tynecastle until the summer of 2023.

Michael joins his teammates Craig Gordon, Craig Halkett and Stephen Kingsley in pledging their futures to the Jam Tarts.

The Nothern Ireland full-back has become a Hearts stalwart, racking up 158 appearances in maroon since joining back in 2017.

Fond of a stunning strike, he’s bagged seven goals during his time in Gorgie.

Speaking to the Official Hearts Website, manager Robbie Neilson said: “I’m really pleased that we’ve got Michael tied down for another season.

“He’s a top player, an international-standard defender and his versatility makes him a tremendous asset for us.

“I know he’ll help drive us on to our goal of challenging at the top end of the league and for European football.”

Sporting Director Joe Savage said: “Michael’s one of the longest-serving players in the squad for a reason; he’s a really talented and versatile player and a model professional.

“Those are the types of guys you want in your team and it made absolute sense for all parties to extend his contract by another year. 

“The fans have really taken to him over the past five years and for any young player coming through our youth system, Michael is someone they should look up to.”