HEARTS CLINCH

Jam­bos set to sign Cam­bus­lang young­ster De­clan

Rutherglen Reformer - - House & Home - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang school boy De­clan McDon­ald is set live out ev­ery young foot­baller’s dream by sign­ing a full- time con­tract with a Pre­mier­ship club.

The Trin­ity High School pupil will be ‘liv­ing the dream’ after he pens a con­tract with Heart of Mid­loth­ian in Jan­uary, once he turns 16.

The Re­former re­ported in April how De­clan’s goal in his de­but for Al­loa Ath­letic’s first team had caught the eye of sev­eral clubs.

And now the 15 year old, who is al­ready training with the Jam­bos be­fore he goes full-time next year, will swap the black and yel­low for ma­roon and white as he plans to play at Tynecas­tle in the near fu­ture.

The striker, who had caught the eye of Craig Levein - Hearts’ di­rec­tor of foot­ball, while play­ing for The Wasps and Scot­land, told the Re­former: “I can’t wait to play foot­ball ev­ery day and just play full-time.

“When I sign in Jan­uary, I’m just aim­ing to work hard and hope to play in the first team.

“I’ll hope­fully move to Ed­in­burgh when I’m older. It’s ev­ery boy’s dream to play full-time foot­ball.

“They (Hearts) had seen me play a cou­ple of times and put a bid in for me be­fore and I turned it down. I think it was too early for me to move.

“Then they put a sec­ond bid in for me but Al­loa didn’t want to let me go.

“I spoke to the first team man­ager and I was okay to leave.

“I went to Ed­in­burgh for a meet­ing with Hearts and Craig Levein was there.

“He just said it was go­ing to be dif­fer­ent from Al­loa and I was go­ing to have to work harder and con­cen­trate more.

“My dad and I went up to the training base. Hearts are well-or­gan­ised and it looks likes a great place to train. The fa­cil­i­ties look re­ally good.”

De­clan, who is yet to de­cide whether he’ll still be at Trin­ity High at the end of the sum­mer, is training with his team­mates three times a week at the Hearts Foot­ball Acad­emy at He­riot Watt Univer­sity in Ric­car­ton.

He scored 27 goals for Al­loa’s un­der 17s last sea­son which adds to his one se­nior goal he bagged against Sten­house­muir in the Stir­ling­shire Cup.

De­clan came on as a sub­sti­tute for The Wasps in the game on April 5, to score in a 2-0 win.

The young­ster, who also has four Scot­land Un­der-14 caps and scored two

goals, had been play­ing for The Wasps for two years since he was scouted at a School Scot­tish Cup fi­nal.

The news comes just a week after the Re­former re­vealed an­other foot­baller from the area had signed a full-time con­tract with Air­drieo­ni­ans.

Young Conor Bell, 18, will train daily with the League One club who start their pre-sea­son sched­ule next month.

Dream job Trin­ity High pupil De­clan McDon­ald

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