Speculation linking 20-year-old Hearts winger Andy Driver away from the club officially ended today when the player agreed to a new five year contract. He is now contracted to the club until the summer of 2013.
Driver first broke into the first-team during the club’s pre-season tour of Austria in 2006, just months after Hearts lifted the Scottish Cup. Rudi Skacel, who scored that day, was sold to Southampton shortly after the cup triumph and with Neil McCann struggling with injury, Driver was given over twenty first-team opportunities that season and after some exciting performances he established himself as a first team squad member.
The Englishman went from strength to strength the following last season despite struggling with injury and playing in one of the worst Hearts teams in recent times. He, and fellow youth academy product, Icelandic midfielder Eggert Jonsson, were one of the few highlights of a very disappointing league campaign.
Driver, speaking to Hearts World, said he was glad the speculation about his future was over and that he can concentrate on performing for the Tynecastle side, he had recently been linked with a move to English Championship outfit Burnley. “I am obviously delighted to the formalities out the way and concentrate on my football. We’ve been negotiating for a while now. I just want to get on the pitch and show the people who had faith in me that I am worth it.
“Hopefully it shows I am doing something right. It’s all about improvement now. I can settle down and not worry bout anything else. It takes out the transfer rumours and now I can concentrate 100% for Hearts”