Hearts boss says Ryan McGowan won’t be distracted over Hearts future

HEARTS manager John 
McGlynn insisted today that Ryan McGowan won’t be 
affected by the uncertainty 
surrounding his Hearts future.

The player’s agent was yesterday reported to have said that McGowan may have to seek a move away from Tynecastle 
unless progress can be made over contract talks.

And Lou Sticca claimed that there had been little contact from the club since their initial offer of fresh terms four weeks ago, which the agent described as “demeaning”.

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However, despite the two parties being some way from agreeing a new deal for the player, McGlynn believes that the big Australian will continue to turn in sterling performances in the meantime.

While admitting that McGowan would be a dream for any manager to work with, McGlynn said: “I don’t see Ryan McGowan being distracted by contract talks because negotiations have been going on for a while now. Ryan’s a bubbly character, he’s enthusiastic and a real good lad to work with and have on the training pitch and in the dressing room.

“He’s the type you like to work with because he’s always up to something mischievous and that’s the type of boy he is. He doesn’t seem to be down about things. He’s got a bright future, he’s still young and he’s still developing.”

While clearly keen for

the player to stay with

Hearts, McGlynn warned that McGowan and his agent would have to be realistic about the numbers the club can offer nowadays.

He continued: “There’s absolutely no doubt that the best place for him to continue his development for the next two or three years is Tynecastle. It’s negotiations – we all know how it works.

“They want a bit more, but Hearts are having to cut back and haven’t been paying what they paid previously. That’s why we are where we are so if in certain situations players are looking for the money they were getting 18 months or a year ago then it’s probably not going to happen.

We have to cut our cloth accordingly and get back to a situation where we break even. That might determine certain issues with certain players in the future.”