Nine youth players last night signed professional contracts with Heart of Midlothian Football Club.
The record number – one more than last year’s influx, which included the likes of Harry Cochrane, Anthony McDonald and Chris Hamilton – penned professional deals at Tynecastle Park which will see them make the step up to full-time football.
Cammy Logan and Leeroy Makovora – who made their first-team debuts in the final game of last season’s Ladbrokes Premiership campaign away to Kilmarnock – along with Sean Ward, Dino Leddie, Scott McGill, Aaron Hickey and Josh Grigor have all signed their first professional contracts.
MacKenzie Lawler and Brodie Strang have also committed to signing their contracts when they turn 16 in November.
Speaking to HeartsTV, reserve team manager Andy Kirk said: “It was a fantastic night. We’ve been quite fortunate that last year there were eight who came in, and there are nine this year.
“The academy is doing well, its producing good players and hopefully the ones who have come in now can emulate those ones and what they achieved last year.”
“They’ll have heard this on numerous occasions but this is when it becomes more serious.
“This is the start of their career. There will be a lot more demands put on them, and pressures and responsibilities.
“Hopefully they can fulfill their potential and you never know what can happen come a year or two down the line.”
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