Whilst Hearts themselves didn’t do any business on deadline day, two of their former centre-backs in Jimmy Dunne and Conor Shaughnessy made last minute transfers.

Burnley defender Dunne has signed for Fleetwood Town on loan, whilst Shaughnessy has signed for Mansfield Town in League Two. Both defenders were at Hearts at different stages last term.

Former Hearts men Dunne and Shaughnessy are on the move. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

They also had contrasting success stories at Tynecastle.

Dunne was brilliant for Hearts, Shaughnessy less so

The first to arrive in Gorgie was Dunne. The Irishman made the switch to Scotland in search of the first-team football he desperately needed.


He was excellent, making 14 fruitful appearances in maroon (Transfermarkt). His enthusiasm for the game, mixed in with his awareness and defensive maturity made him a fans favourite during his short spell.

He enjoyed his Gorgie stint. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Dunne was gone in January, and in his place, Shaughnessy was brought in from Leeds United. He had a far less successful spell in Edinburgh, playing 11 times, and looking pretty unconvincing most games.

In his 11 appearances, Hearts kept one clean sheet and won just twice when the Irishman was on the park (Transfermarkt). He would have hoped for better than that prior to his SPFL switch.

Both players, however, don’t have much of a future at either of their parent clubs. Dunne has been out on loan at three different teams within the past year now and Shaughnessy finds himself in League Two.

Shaughnessy is at Mansfield now. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Their contracts also expire this season. Unless they have unbelievable terms at their loan clubs, they’ll likely be on the lookout for new permanent homes next term.

It’s loan moves again for these two former Jambos and they’ll look to build on their Tynecastle experiences this campaign.

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