HEARTS midfielder Adrian Mrowiec today admitted he wants to say goodbye and thank you to the Tynecastle support by giving them the Scottish Cup after the biggest ever Edinburgh derby.
The Pole pledged to do everything to convince manager Paulo Sergio that he should play in the season’s showpiece finale against Hibs at Hampden Park on Saturday and bid a fond farewell to the Hearts fans.
He will return to his homeland next week following confirmation that the club will not renew his contract for next season. After recovering quickly from a knee injury which threatened to end his campaign prematurely, Mrowiec is desperate to say goodbye with victory in the all-Edinburgh cup final.
“It would be my last match and, after three years here, I want to win a trophy,” he told the Evening News. “It’s the last game for a couple of players, not just for me, and we want to win this cup. It’s the biggest game of my time here and I really want to win.
“This is a very hard time. It’s the last game of the season and the team has been playing very well. On Sunday, the manager changed a couple of players and we had a bad result against Celtic. I have to show him everything I can do in training this week and then he will decide on Saturday. I don’t know if I will play or not.
“If I play in this game, I will put everything into it for Hearts. I want to make everyone happy.”
Hearts defender Andy Webster received a pre-cup final boost by being named in the Scotland squad for the friendly with the United States later this month. Webster was recalled by coach Craig Levein following an international absence of more than two years.
His form for Hearts this season recently earned him the club’s Player of the Year award and a delighted Webster said yesterday: “I didn’t have any holidays booked anyway. Obviously it is great to be back involved with the Scotland side. It is an added bonus.”
“You always want to be involved, you never think: ‘that’s me, I’ve had enough.’ But, fundamentally, it is about doing well for your club. You need to perform week-in, week-out.
“You want to be involved and it is up to the manager what squad he picks,” he added. “In the Scotland squad I believe the standard of player has definitely improved over the past few years. You always have those ambitions but you don’t want to stand on the rooftops and shout about it.”