Hamill feels let down while Stevo is ‘totally shattered’

Jamie Hamill has signed for Kilmarnock while Dundee want Ryan Stevenson
Jamie Hamill has signed for Kilmarnock while Dundee want Ryan Stevenson
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Jamie Hamill believes the loyalty he and his axed colleagues showed to Hearts has counted for nothing.

The midfielder, who took a pay cut to stay at the administration-hit club last summer, was among those axed by Ann Budge and Craig Levein at Tynecastle yesterday morning.

Hamill felt the “25 second meeting” it took to end his three-year stay in Gorgie was harsh and insensitive.

“Did I deserve some loyalty? I think the way it was done, it could have been a wee bit better,” he said. “It’s not a nice day for anybody. I had 25 seconds with Craig Levein and that was me back out the door.”

Hamill also had deep sympathy for ousted boss Gary Locke. “The gaffer has been amazing,” he said. “Along with Billy (Brown) and Comber (Alan Combe, goalkeeping coach), he’s kept the place alive when times have been hard. I think it’s unfair for the gaffer. If you were to ask every player in that meeting this morning, they would love the gaffer to be there next season.”

Meanwhile, Ryan Stevenson opened up passionately on his Instagram social media account. He wrote: “Words can’t really describe how I am feeling right now. I’m totally shattered that I’ll be leaving Hearts.

“I just want to thank all the fans who welcomed me back when I came back. You have made my time at the club so special.

“I also want to say thanks to all my team-mates - you have been like brothers to me in a year which has been difficult for me off the park. You were always there for me.

“And lastly to Gary Locke. I am sure you will be back in football soon - top man and a top manager.”