Neil Alexander: Hearts pulled the plug on my new contract

Neil Alexander was Hearts No.1 for two seasons
Neil Alexander was Hearts No.1 for two seasons
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Neil Alexander today hit out at Hearts, claiming he had a proposed new contract withdrawn by the club.

The goalkeeper, who has since signed a one-year deal for Ladbrokes Premiership rivals Aberdeen, insisted there is “no loyalty in football” following his departure from Tynecastle.

Alexander was the Hearts No.1 as they won the Scottish Championship two seasons ago before finishing third in the Premiership last term.

The 38-year-old claims he had agreed a new contract with Tynecastle club – only for it to be withdrawn at the 11th hour by head coach Robbie Neilson.

“Everything was going fine. After the season, I got a phone call from the manager, met him and they pulled the contract off the table,” said Alexander.

“We had been negotiating a contract since Christmas. There were never any issues. It was just a case of getting the contract finalised, drawn up and getting it signed. We were at that point and it was just taken off the table.

“The manager had his reasons. It is not for me to discuss. He told me the reasons – whether I agreed or disagreed, that was it. He had made his mind up. He firmly set it out that it was his decision. He had a gut feeling about what he wanted to do and he was sticking by his decision.

“It is disappointing. I felt I had had a really good season, a really good two seasons, to be honest. Working with the manager every day in the office, being one of the coaching staff – that is probably the most disappointing thing.

“But these things happen in football. There is no loyalty in football, as they say. It happens all over the country. I was disappointed, I really enjoyed my time at Hearts, I had a great time, got on well with the fans and everything.

“I’m disappointed not to be there but I am really grateful to the manager here [at Aberdeen] to give me the opportunity to stay and play at a high level.”