Hearts take central defender on trial

Jake Hutchings is training with the Hearts squad
Jake Hutchings is training with the Hearts squad
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HEARTS today welcomed teenage English defender Jake Hutchings on trial.

The 19-year-old centre-back has been released by Torquay United and has arrived in Edinburgh to be assessed by Hearts coaching staff. He began training at Riccarton this morning primarily as a development player as he is not considered ready to play first-team football. Hearts see some potential in Hutchings having had him on trial earlier this season. That stay was cut short when he dislocated a shoulder.

Jack Ross, the club’s under-20 coach, will watch Hutchings in action over the next few days and he could get the chance to play in a bounce match in front of head coach Robbie Neilson.

After releasing Hutchings earlier this week, the Torquay manager Chris Hargreaves explained: “We might be able to keep young players like Jake for a bit longer if the club’s finances stretched to an under-21s side, to give them longer to develop, but that’s just not possible. Jake has always been committed and a pleasure to work with and there are sure to be clubs interested in him.”