Hearts offer a contract to former Motherwell winger Elliott Frear

Elliott Frear has been offered a contract by Hearts.Elliott Frear has been offered a contract by Hearts.
Elliott Frear has been offered a contract by Hearts.
Englishman is now back at home down south

Hearts have offered a short-term contract to former Motherwell winger Elliott Frear after he spent two weeks training at Riccarton.

The 29-year-old has returned to his family home in Exeter to ponder the proposal, with both parties content not to rush a decision.

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Frear joined Hearts for pre-season training at the start of the month after leaving Forest Green Rovers.

His pace attracted the Edinburgh club’s manager Robbie Neilson, who almost signed him at previous club Dundee United.

Neilson wants to add quick wide players to his squad and has already signed former Inverness player Jordan Roberts as well as goalkeeper Craig Gordon. Another keeper, Ross Stewart, has arrived on loan from Livingston.

Neilson told the Evening News that uncertainty caused by an enforced training ban means Hearts must put some things on hold, but Frear’s deal remains on the table for now.

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“Elliott is away back down the road to have a think about what he wants to do,” said Neilson. “It’s quite a big decision for him because he lives in Exeter and we are offering a short-term deal.

“I think he has a few things to decide on so this gives us a bit of time to look at it from both sides. He needs to decide if he’s happy with it and we need to see what is happening with our training.

“At this moment in time, we have been told we could be back training on August 24 but that date could get pushed back for all we know. We are needing to put a lot of things on hold at the moment.”

The Scottish FA and Scottish Professional Football League’s Joint Response Group ordered all teams outwith the Premiership to cease training on Thursday – a decision which left Hearts furious.

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