Dunfermline boss Stevie Crawford says Hearts have been in contact with the Pars over Harry Cochrane and Anthony McDonald.

The Jambos youngsters are currently out on loan at East End Park to develop themselves and gain first-team experience. Cochrane’s made 12 Championship appearances whilst McDonald has yet to feature after a back problem.

Cochrane’s featured many times. (Photo by Robbie Boyd)

With a new boss in Daniel Stendel at Tynecastle now though, they could be set for Gorgie returns. The German has indicated recently that he wants to have a look at the current Pars pair in January.

Crawford says the Jambos have been in contact over the pair but uncertainty remains. The Dunfermline boss says he has to keep his options open so that he can make the best calls for the East End Park club.


“There’s been communication with Hearts,” Crawford revealed. “There’s always the chance of loan players having to go back in January because the other club might have players possibly going back to their parent clubs.

Talks have taken place between Dunfermline and Hearts. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I’m not going to divulge what the communication has been but we are working behind the scenes so we know what’s out there and available should something happen and players move on.

“The fact there’s a change of management, Hearts might want to have them back. It’s a conversation we’ll have to have with Hearts to see where we’re at, in terms of extending the loan deal, if that’s possible.”

“We’re understanding of their situation but we also have to make sure we’re doing the right thing for Dunfermline as well.”

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