David Smith today revealed his burning desire to earn a new contract at Hearts as one of 12 players whose deals expire this summer.
The Tynecastle club have first option to re-sign the winger for another year if they wish and Smith is eager to prove himself worthy of an extension.
His existing contract includes a clause allowing Hearts to extend or terminate the agreement before it ends in June. BDO, the restructuring firm overseeing the club’s administration, are not discussing any new deals with players at the moment. Their hope is that Foundation of Hearts will be in control before the end of April.
Smith, 20, has outlined his drive to earn a 12-month extension and stressed he is desperate to remain at Tynecastle after hitting form in recent weeks. During the remaining four months of the season, he wants to show Hearts’ prospective new owners he should be kept on.
“The club has an option with me, so it will be up to Hearts whether they want to keep me or not,” he explained. “I’ll just do my best to hopefully prove they should keep me.
“Football is a hard game and everybody is playing for their jobs at the end of the day.
“Everybody who doesn’t have a contract for next year will be trying their best to prove what they can do Hearts are a massive club so I’m sure they will all want to stay.”
Smith joined Hearts’ youth system as a ten-year-old and has progressed through their academy to become a first-team regular following the onset of administration.
He previously spent two spells on loan at Raith Rovers.
Others whose contracts are due to expire this season are Jamie MacDonald, Jamie Hamill, Dylan McGowan, Brad McKay, Jamie Walker, Jason Holt, Mark Ridgers, Dale Carrick, Gary Oliver, Callum Tapping and Sam Nicholson. Hearts have options to retain Walker, Holt, McKay and Carrick as well as Smith.