Blair Henderson handed trial by Hearts

Blair Henderson, far right (No. 23). Pic: SNS
Blair Henderson, far right (No. 23). Pic: SNS
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HEARTS manager Gary Locke revealed today that he is already looking at potential signings for January if his club exit administration in time.

Nineteen-year-old striker Blair Henderson is on trial from Dunfermline, with Locke hoping he will be able to replenish his squad during the winter transfer window.

Hearts can sign under-21 players in January if they are out of administration. An SPFL ruling prevents them from signing older players until February 1, 2014.

“Blair left Dunfermline and it was more a decision Darren Murray made to bring him in here,” said Locke. “He knew a lot more about Blair because he’s a young lad. He’s been in training and he’s played a couple of under-20 games. He’ll play another one tonight [against Falkirk].

“We’ll have more of a look at Blair over the next few weeks because he’s certainly one that fits into the under-21 category.”

Dunfermline could claim compensation for Henderson if he joins Hearts.

Locke added that the club’s first priority is to come out of administration by January.

“We’re certainly hoping we can get things sorted out off the pitch because if we don’t then we can’t sign anyone. If there is a possibility of that happening then we need to have a plan in place. If there are players available out there, we’ve got to try and make sure we can bring them in. We’ll be watching a lot of games between now and January.”