First Team

Neilson key to Lee return

10th September 2020

Olly Lee says one phonecall from Robbie Neilson was enough to convince him his future lay at Tynecastle.

The midfielder spent the last campaign on loan at Gillingham following his debut season at Hearts.

Unsure of what the future held during the summer, the 29-year-old has revealed that a conversation with the returning manager was key to him coming back to Gorgie and what he’s experienced so far has been overwhelmingly positive.

Speaking to Hearts TV, Olly said: “There were massive moments (when I didn’t know if I would be playing my football at Hearts this season). We didn’t know who the manager was going to be and things like that but when Robbie got the job here he rung me up and said he wanted me to be part of the plans and I was more than happy to come and be part of it.

“That’s all I wanted to hear from the manager. To get it quite early on, when he got the job, meant a lot to me. It was a nice confidence boost that there was a manager there that wanted me to play for this club.

“I’ve always said that I love playing for the club. It’s a really good club to play for and I’m proud to do that.

“It’s like coming to a different club, to be honest. There’s nowhere near the same atmosphere, the same vibe, training’s different and Gordy (Forrest) and Jig (McCulloch) have been massive to that.

“The three of them together have been brilliant. I can’t speak highly enough of them so far. With this manager at the helm I think we’ve got every chance of long success in the future.”

Olly’s interview, where he talks about his fitness regime, the benefits of a longer pre-season and his goals for 2020/21, is available to watch now on Hearts TV by clicking here.