The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Hearts keeper looks likely to move on

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Although noth­ing is set in stone, Hearts goal­keeper Jon McLaugh­lin ad­mits he is likely to de­part the club in the sum­mer.

McLaugh­lin joined the Jam­bos on a one-year deal from Bur­ton last sum­mer but has yet to sign a new con­tract de­spite the club’s de­sire to keep hold of him.

It has been a suc­cess­ful cam­paign for the shot­stop­per, who has been part of the sec­ond best de­fence in the Pre­mier­ship and earned his first call-up to the Scot­land squad last month which has drawn at­ten­tion from clubs in Eng­land.

Man­ager Craig Levein said on Wed­nes­day his keeper was set to de­part the club but, de­spite say­ing he is likely to leave the club when his con­tract is up, McLaugh­lin in­sists noth­ing has been de­cided.

“We still don’t know what we are do­ing be­yond

“What­ever hap­pens, I am grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity”

this,” the 30-year-old said. “It looks likely that I might move on but noth­ing is set in stone.

“What­ever hap­pens, I am grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity and it’s been fan­tas­tic and so much has come from it, like be­ing in­volved with the Scot­land set-up.”

McLaugh­lin is likely to move back to Eng­land where he had played the whole of his ca­reer with Brad­ford and Bur­ton be­fore mov­ing to Ed­in­burgh, ad­mit­ting the at­trac­tion of English foot­ball was al­most too much to re­sist.

He said: “It’s not so much the fact I’m dy­ing to go back to Eng­land or any­thing like that. It’s just the way of the world that the stan­dard of English foot­ball and ev­ery­thing that is in­volved in that, it is a draw for play­ers all over the world to try and test them­selves at that level.

“I have thor­oughly en­joyed my time here. The SPFL has been a great stan­dard for me.

“We just have to wait and see what the next month brings.”

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