Hearts captain Danny Wilson keen to stay

Danny Wilson, left, scored a memorable goal against St Johnstone

Danny Wilson, left, scored a memorable goal against St Johnstone

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Hearts captain Danny Wilson is content to stay at Tynecastle and see out the remainder of his contract even if the club are relegated this season.

The Scotland internationalist has a year remaining on his existing agreement and revealed today he would have no problem staying and playing in the Championship.

As the club’s most sellable asset, Wilson is unlikely to be short of suitors come the summer, particularly with Hearts expected to move down a division. However, he stressed he is in no rush to leave and would reassess the situation at the end of the season.

The 22-year-old joined from Liverpool on a two-year contract last July after spending six months on loan from the Anfield club. He was appointed captain by manager Gary Locke and has been a key figure in central defence throughout this season.

Speaking exclusively to the Evening News, Wilson explained that he feels settled back in Scotland after leaving Rangers for Liverpool at the age of 18 in a transfer worth £5million in total. He said he would have no qualms leading Hearts again next season, even if that meant playing outwith the top flight.

“I’m contracted here for another year and, if I was to stay, there would be no problem with that. I’m not really thinking about playing in the Championship just yet because the season isn’t over,” said the player.

“I get on with everybody at Hearts – the staff and the players. People asked me why I stayed here and signed permanently last summer and that was one of the reasons. Everybody helps one another and we all want to do well for each other.

“It depends what direction the club wants to go in. Personally, I’ve got a year left on my contract and I’m not really in a hurry to go anywhere. I’ll just wait and weigh up what happens in the summer. I’d have no issue seeing that year out at Hearts. I signed for two years and I was fully intent on honouring that, regardless of what division the team is in.”

Meanwhile, Jason Holt is expected to make his injury comeback for Hearts Under-20s against St Mirren tonight. The midfielder suffered a broken metatarsal in November but should play around 60 minutes this evening. The match takes place at The Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie, kick-off 6pm.