HEARTS striker John Sutton is happy to see out the final year of his contract at Tynecastle despite reported interest from Aberdeen.
The 29-year-old has 12 months remaining on his deal and remains a part of manager Gary Locke’s plans for next season, although new strikers are coveted by the club’s management team.
Sutton scored eight goals in 40 appearances for Hearts last season and is eager to improve on that tally next year. He has stressed regularly that he is content in Edinburgh and it remains to be seen whether any official approach is made for his services by the Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes.
The Englishman arrived at Hearts in summer 2011 as a free agent after leaving Motherwell. He managed 17 goals for the Lanarkshire club the previous season and was lured to Edinburgh by the former Tynecastle manager Jim Jefferies. Just weeks later, Jefferies was sacked and replaced by the Portuguese coach Paulo Sergio.
He sent Sutton out on loan to the Australian club Central Coast Mariners in January 2012, although the player restored his SPL career somewhat by playing regularly for Hearts in the season just ended under John McGlynn and Locke.