Hearts boss Neilson impressed by Danny Swanson

Danny Swanson agreed to have the final year of his Coventry contract cancelled

Danny Swanson agreed to have the final year of his Coventry contract cancelled

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ROBBIE NEILSON today admitted he’s been impressed by Hearts trialist Danny Swanson as he bids to earn a contract at Tynecastle.

The midfielder began training at Riccarton yesterday morning. Head coach Neilson will assess Swanson more throughout the rest of the week before a decision is made on whether to offer him a deal. The player is keen to return to Scotland after three years in England with Peterborough United and Coventry City.

“Danny came in yesterday and he’s here for a few days for us to have a look at him,” Neilson told the Evening News. “At the same time, he gets a chance to suss us out and get a look for himself. He did really well at training yesterday so we’ll see how things go over the next few days.

“I remember him from Dundee United when I played there. He’s a really talented player with great technique and ability. He’s been down in England for the last few years and I think he wants to come back to Scotland now. He’s got a kid who is ten months old so I think he’d like to get settled up here.

“Technically, he is a very good footballer. We’ll look at him more over the next few days but so far he’s done well.”

Swanson agreed to have the final year of his Coventry contract cancelled before the summer transfer window closed. That left him as a free agent able to join a club even though the window is now shut. He held talks with St Johnstone last week but did not agree terms and is now aiming to prove himself worthy of a deal at Hearts.