Gary Oliver all set to sign new Hearts deal

Gary Oliver. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Gary Oliver. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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Hearts striker Gary Oliver is poised to sign a new contract that will keep him at Tynecastle until next summer.

The 18-year-old is keen to stay after breaking into the first team last season and is expected to agree a new deal.

Negotiations with Oliver began last week following the appointment of Craig Levein as Hearts’ new director of football. He was offered a 12-month extension to his contract and is happy to continue his career in the Championship next season under new head coach Robbie Neilson.

Oliver managed ten senior appearances last season after emerging from the club’s youth academy and is viewed as a player with the potential to become a first-team regular in the future.

He will provide competition for Dale Carrick in the striking department, with Levein and Neilson seeking additional new faces to reinforce their attacking options.

Oliver was a regular goalscorer at youth level and scored for Hearts’ first team in a 5-0 pre-season friendly win over Raith Rovers last summer. He has yet to find the net in a competitive fixture but has impressed coaching staff with both his attitude and work rate up front.

Those attributes prompted the club to offer him a new deal quickly following Ann Budge’s recent takeover.