What Shay Logan said about extending his Hearts deal as he waxes lyrical about Tynecastle Park

Shay Logan is “most definitely” open to signing for Hearts permanently when his Aberdeen contract expires.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 12:00 pm
Shay Logan would be keen to extend his deal at Tynecastle. Picture: SNS

The right-back is two games into what is effectively a five-game lost spell before he returns to his parent club.

Logan has impressed in the 0-0 draw with Dunfermline Athletic and the 6-0 win over Alloa Athletic, bringing the exact qualities Robbie Neilson was looking for to help the team improve defensively and secure the Scottish Championship title.

The 33-year-old admits he was unsure how the move would pan out with him living in Aberdeen but has been delighted with the outcome.

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“Most definitely,” Logan told the Evening News when asked if he would like to stay at Tynecastle.

"I just feel with how I’ve come into the club, the reaction I’ve had from the manager and the players, it’s great.

"Beforehand I didn’t know how it would work with living in Aberdeen. I’ve been staying here Monday, Tuesday training, and I’d go back to Aberdeen on Tuesday so I would have Wednesday off. Thursday, Friday we train so I’d stay, we go to the game and go back for weekends.

"It works out really well and it’s about two hours and 15 minutes in the car in the mornings. It’s a nice drive, I stop off in Dundee and get a coffee and it works well.

"So, now seeing how it could work, it definitely would be a move I would be open to.”

Thriving at Tynie

One of the key attractions is playing in front of a packed Tynecastle Park.

Logan was visibly excited speaking about the stadium having experienced it as a Hearts player for the first time, albeit it without fans.

The character and personality that Logan is, when packed to the rafters, the tension, the noise, the tribalism, it is the type of environment where he thrives, bringing out the best in him.

“Playing for Aberdeen it has always been a good place to come for myself,” he said. “I’ve played well here, had good results against Hearts. But now I am a Hearts player.

"I was buzzing, absolutely buzzing to be playing here. The fans weren’t there which is sad but they will be back in soon enough and hopefully I’ll be a part of that team.

Even coming here has an Aberdeen player, we always used to fill our section but Hearts have a great following, a massive following. It’s a very big club so it was always packed up whether they won, lost or drew. They always back their team.

"I’d say it is my favourite and not just because I’m here. I’d say it is my favourite just because of how close everything is when the fans are in here.

"It is a very, very good stadium, When the fans are in and it is packed and rocking it is a great atmosphere.

He added: “I’m the sort of player who feeds off away fans giving it to you, home fans giving it. I like that. I think it’s great in football.

"Some players don’t like it. Some players might like this, not the pressures of having the fans. Don’t get me wrong, I can deal with this but I’d love to see the fans back in. I just think it’s great for football.”

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