Andy Halliday says he’s relishing the opportunity to be a senior player at Hearts after penning a contract extension until the summer of 2024.
The versatile Halliday has been a valuable component at the club since arriving at Tynecastle in 2020, putting in consistent showings in midfield and the defence for the JTs. Andy’s loved his time at Hearts so far, and says he’s enjoyinh the experience of challenging at the top half of the table with the Jambos.
“I’m delighted to get this done,” he told the media ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Aberdeen at Tynecastle.
“This has been at the back of my mind for a few weeks now. We started talking about it in January and I’ve got to commend the manager – we had honest conversations about it from the off.
“This is a club I wanted to stay at, and I want to build on the ambition talked about when I first joined Hearts. This is a team with plenty of that and it matches my own as a player. We’ve got a couple more steps to go and I’m excited to be on that journey.
“I’m one of only a few players aged over 30, and I know what my role has to be for this team. I want to help and guide the young players because they’re Hearts’ future.
“I really believe this club as a whole has a bright future ahead. We’ve had some plaudits this year but I believe we’ve got the quality to go even further.”
It says something about the youthful vibrance that's been brought to Hearts’ dressing room this season, that 30-year-old Halliday is regarded as one of the most senior players. Even surrounded by his younger chargers, Andy revealed he has no plans on slowing down.
“I feel as if my body still holds up pretty well,” he added.
“I’ve been here two years now and I could count on one hand how many training sessions I’ve missed. When you get to the tail end of your career, you want to play to the highest standard possible and I feel like that’s what I’ve done here.
“I don’t want to look back at my career and see that I haven’t won any major trophies, but with the squad we have now – I think we’ve got a good chance.”