Brad McKay admits he would be devastated to leave Hearts this summer if the club decide not to extend his contract.
The defender’s deal expires in June but Hearts have first option to extend it for another year and McKay is praying they keep him on.
A lifelong supporter of the club, McKay is enjoying his first season as a regular at senior level having arrived at Tynecastle from Edinburgh City four years ago. He has had to consider the prospect of moving on next term with Hearts in administration and still uncertain of their long-term future.
However, McKay explained it would be gut-wrenching for him to walk out of Tynecastle for the last time. “For myself it would be hard to leave,” he said. “I have said to loads of my pals that the day I leave Tynecastle will be heart breaking.
“It would be difficult for me and my family and friends. That’s all I have ever wanted to do, play for Hearts. Now I have achieved that it makes you hungry and makes you think, ‘what else is out there?’
“You have got to look at your options, there’s no question about that whether that means Hearts or not Hearts. But that’s all they are at this moment in time, options. You’d be silly not to have a Plan B. If anyone tells you they’re just sitting around and waiting, they’re lying because you need one.
“It has been a difficult season and it is frustrating waiting to find out whether your future is here or not. But you have just got to keep playing and keep on impressing, whether it be Hearts or someone watching Hearts or watching yourself, you have got to keep impressing. That’s something that should keep the team playing well.”