'Genuinely gutted', 'I'm an Oxford fan now', 'need to be ruthless' - Hearts fans were vocal over the news Sean Clare is set to leave

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The versatile Englishman is set to leave Tynecastle for a move back down south

It emerged on Wednesday that Sean Clare had agreed terms with League One side Oxford United a with the player set to leave Hearts.

The news prompted plenty of comment from supporters over a player who has been maligned, divided opinion and won over many fans.

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Clare arrived at Tynecastle with a lot of potential and no shortage of hype, it was only under Daniel Stendel that he truly showed a consistency with a number of committed and powerful performances, chipping in with crucial goals.

Sean Clare could exit Hearts soon. Picture: SNSSean Clare could exit Hearts soon. Picture: SNS
Sean Clare could exit Hearts soon. Picture: SNS

@MT1903_: “Best player at Hearts last season for me, always rated him and think he’ll improve at Oxford. One of those that will end up at a better team in the future for sure.”

@whitealan2000: “All the best @sean8clare fab talent only just finding your feet and some terrific moment for us. Hope you find the belief and confidence to be all you can and more. Best of luck and remember once a Jambo always a Jambo.”

@perthtopaisley: “I wish him nothing but the best.”

@JordanFinlayso1: “Looked a lot better since Christmas but not enough that we really miss him, take the cash and I hope he does well down there.”

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Clare won over Hearts fans with determined displays and some crucial goals. Picture: SNSClare won over Hearts fans with determined displays and some crucial goals. Picture: SNS
Clare won over Hearts fans with determined displays and some crucial goals. Picture: SNS

@Fraser1874: “Ideal world he stays but we need to be ruthless and free up cash for others. Not half as bad as some folk would have you believe.”

@PaulRobbo03: “Wasn't ready for this. All the best@sean8clare.”

@becca19_xo: “Big big mistake but honestly don’t blame him for going. He put up with a lot of s*** but came back a completely different player under Stendel. Wish him all the best.”

@FitbaMadLad: “Really won back the fans under Stendel. Shame to see him go imo. All the best @sean8clare.”

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@LifeIsFootball6: “Best of luck Sean. Sorry it could'nae quite work out for you.”

@Mehdi_Lachhab: “Can count on one hand the amount of good games he had for us. Never lived up to his potential but finally looked like he knew how to play under Stendel. Far better CAM,CM,RM to be signed.”

@Great_Silence: “Quite a talented footballer. Showed a lack of heart to begin with but then got his sleeves rolled up became a team player. Not surprised he doesn’t want to play in a lower division. Happy with a “six figure sum”.”

@simodasink: “Tbh I’m sad to see him go as he found form in 2020 but then we are gonna lose players going down.”

@TheRealInnes: “Need a new pen taker then.”

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@BarntnDiscoPunk: “One of the few players I would have liked to see stay after last season's horror show. Good technical player who is more than good enough for Scottish football. Criminally misused tho. Hearts fans tho are a tough gig and he was never going to do enough for some. Good luck to him”

@HagenSteele_11: “This hurts a lot.”

@aitchison_david: “Excellent player (and anti-racism activist) who will no doubt kick on away from often horrible treatment from his own fans at Hearts. Disappointing news!”

@scottstevenson_: “Guess I'm an Oxford United fan now.”

@seanbaillie91: “Sorry for ever doubting you @sean8clare, go and smash it big man.”

@Vic_Auld_Reekie: “Provided it was fair money - can see why he wouldn't want to be playing in the Scot Championship. He won't be the last.”

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@tatimalk: “Good luck at Oxford @sean8clare gutted to see you go, very good player to have in the team. Too many fans just didn't give you a chance. Best player by the 'end' of the season.”

@BIGgee16: “Quite annoyed at that tbh, yeah he was hot and cold but really do think he’d come good. But hey take the cash and wish him all the best. No doubt be all this undisclosed fee p*** so we never no how much we got.”

@GrantLacey1: “Never rated him at first but I’m happy to admit he proved me wrong. Good player, who would have torn up the championship. Sorry to see you go @sean8clare but I wish you nothing but the best for the future.”

@AlasdairHerkes: “Good luck @sean8clare you were outstanding last season in difficult times, top bloke & a genuinely nice guy, onwards & upwards big guy.”

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@crynie1: “Genuinely gutted @sean8clare is gone. Definitely our best player when given the chance to show it. Far to good for Scottish championship. All the best for the future Sean and hopefully back one day.”

@bobelrick: “Sorry to see him go. Always thought there was a player there and Stendel brought out the best in him.”

@maroonspecs: “Sorry to see Sean Clare go. Hearts fans are an unforgiving bunch at the best of times but he showed a lot of resilience and strength of character to turn things around after many had written him off. Arguably our best player under Stendel. Wish him all the best at his new club.”

@flitch: “Definitely one of our few decent players last season, a great improver and showed real strength of character, hell of a penalty taker. Hats of to Sean and all the best to him in the future!”

@JamesWi886: “Showed great character to turn things around and fight for a place. And he became a crucial scorer of goals. Pity he’s going but sounds like a decent offer. Good luck to him.”