Hearts ace Harry Stone sets game aim and speaks on transfer interest
Hearts starlet Harry Stone is targeting 50 senior games before staking his claim for the No.1 spot at Tynecastle.
It is Stone’s first foray into regular first-team football after an emergency loan deal at Stirling Albion and a short spell with Spartans.
Craig Gordon is currently firmly in possession of the No.1 jersey at Tynecastle.
Having signed a deal until 2023 earlier this campaign, Stone is due back at Hearts in May, but he is already open to another loan move.
He told the Evening News: “Craig’s still putting in world class performances week in, week out so another loan spell higher up or the same level to add to all the games under my belt.
"If I can come back to Hearts in a year or two with 50 senior games under my belt that will do me the world of good.”
‘Keep your head down and keep working’
Stone is highly regarded at Tynecastle Park with high hopes about the player's future.
In the past there has been interest from clubs north and south of the border with Liverpool, Watford and Celtic all mentioned as interested parties.
While attentive to the speculation, the goalkeeper only saw his future at Hearts, seeing the club as the best place to develop, remaining focused on aspects he could control, namely working hard.
“I was aware there was some interest from other clubs but I was always happy at Hearts at. I was always happy to stay here," he said.
"They’ve got a great facility, the coaching staff, I know everyone there.
“It tells you you are doing something right but it’s important not to let it get to your head and think you are above people.
"The most important thing when you are young is to keep your head down and keep working because you are nowhere near your peak or the best you can become.
"This is the time to work your hardest and improve yourself until you can get to that point.”