First Team

Trio extend contracts

5th May 2015

Exclusive: Billy King, Gary Oliver and Robbie Buchanan pen new deals at Tynecastle.

Robbie Neilson has started preparations for next season’s Premiership campaign by handing new contracts to Billy King, Gary Oliver and Robbie Buchanan.

The three young attackers penned new deals this morning, with Billy and Robbie signing on for two more years and Gary extending his contract for another year, with a further option.

Wing wizard Billy made 33 appearances and scored nine goals this season, while Gary and Robbie - voted the club's U20s Player of the Year - enjoyed loan spells at Stenhousemuir and Cowdenbeath respectively, as well as making 18 top team appearances between them.

Speaking exclusively to Hearts News, head coach Robbie revealed his delight at having all three players making the decision to step up into the Premiership with the Jambos.

“I’m pleased to get Billy signed up,” he said. “He’s performed really well for us this year. He’s got a big future at the club and I’m glad to get him tied up.

“Both Gary and Robbie went out on loan this season and did really well. We were desperate to get Gary back from Stenhousemuir and into the first-team squad and get him involved, and he’s done really well towards the end of the season.

“Robbie performed well on loan at Cowdenbeath and I was really pleased with his performances.

“The two of them will be pushing for the first-team squad next season so it’s great to get two of bright, young talents signed up.”

Meanwhile Scott Robinson will leave the club upon the expiration of his contract at the end of the month.