Trialists set to end their Hearts stints

Gary Locke gives instructions during training. Pic: SNS
Gary Locke gives instructions during training. Pic: SNS
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Hearts manager Gary Locke admits trialists Darren Cole and Blair Henderson will soon be leaving, with the Edinburgh club unable to sign players.

Other Scottish clubs are interested in the pair, who have been training at Riccarton hopeful of joining Hearts during the January transfer window. With the administration process at Tynecastle likely to drag on into spring, Locke is resigned to no new signings arriving this season.

Henderson is a 19-year-old striker who arrived from Dunfermline on the recommendation of Darren Murray before the youth coach departed for Coventry. Cole, 21, was released by Rangers in August after a fallout with management at Ibrox.

Both players were eager to maintain their fitness levels at Hearts in case the opportunity to sign arose, however Locke explained that they will now move on.

“They’ve been in training and we aren’t going to get to sign any players, so these boys have been training just to improve their fitness,” he told the Evening News. “I’d imagine they will have to go and play and they can’t play here.

“I imagine they will go and play either in the Premiership or the other divisions and get game time. I watch games anyway so I’ll be able to keep an eye on these boys and see how they do.

“They asked for training facilities and obviously we have a paper-thin squad. We’ve given them the training facilities and the two of them are just looking to get themselves fit, which is great. Now they will obviously be looking to play and they can’t play here because we’re in administration, so they’ll have to go and play somewhere else.”