Danny Wilson will continue as Hearts captain for the season ahead, with head coach Robbie Neilson explaining that the young centre-back epitomises what the club will look for in a player.
The former Rangers and Liverpool defender was a surprise appointment as skipper last summer when former manager Gary Locke chose the then-21-year-old to lead the team ahead of older, more experienced players, such as Jamie Hamill, Jamie MacDonald and Ryan Stevenson.
Following a cull of those three senior pros at the end of last season, Wilson, 22, was left as the oldest player on the Tynecastle club’s books, prior to the recent recruitment of Morgaro Gomis, Neil Alexander, James Keatings and Soufian El Hassnaoui.
Neilson is preparing to welcome his first-team squad into pre-season training tomorrow for the first time since replacing Locke at the helm in the wake of Ann Budge’s takeover of the club last month.
Having been impressed with the way Wilson conducted himself in his role as captain last season, the head coach has already informed the defender that he will retain the armband.
He said: “Danny will keep the captaincy. I’ve spoken to Danny and he knows that. He’s a really big player for us. He’s what we want at this club. He’s young and hungry, with good ability, and he’s still a top prospect.”
It has been reported that Hearts are to run the rule over Berwick Rangers midfielder Lee Currie in pre-season training. The 24-year-old has been a stand-out with the fourth-tier outfit as he strives to climb back up the ranks following his release from Hibs three years ago.