JORDAN McGHEE today committed his future to Hearts by signing a new two-and-a-half-year contract.
The teenage defender agreed a deal until May 2017 as club officials tied up one of their highly-rated youth academy graduates.
Scouts from English Premier League clubs Stoke City and Sunderland monitored McGhee throughout last year but he will continue his development at Tynecastle. His existing contract was due to expire this summer, leaving him free to discuss a pre-contract agreement with other clubs. However, Hearts have now secured the long-term future of the Scotland Under-21 centre-back.
Talks between both parties had been ongoing over the festive period before McGhee put pen to paper. He is keen to remain with Hearts and help secure promotion back to the Scottish Premiership whilst learning his trade as an emerging centre-back.
McGhee’s aim is to command a regular first-team place under Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson. “Jordan is one of the top prospects in the Scottish game,” Neilson told the club website. “It is good to get his future tied down and this gives him time to develop. He has already played a lot of games for Hearts and done well and he will continue to be part of the team.”
McGhee made his senior debut for the Edinburgh club aged 16 in May 2013 and played 20 times last season as Hearts suffered relegation from the Premiership. This season has been stop-start for the 18-year-old but to date he has made 17 appearances either at right-back or centre-back.