Hearts becoming the UK’s biggest fan-owned football club is a ‘monumental achievement’ according to manager Robbie Neilson as an update is delivered on Liverpool player Ben Woodburn.

The Welsh international is a Hearts target and his loan move to the Scottish Premiership is ‘almost done.’ But he will still be at Liverpool when Hearts kick off their next league match against Aberdeen on Sunday, according to Allan Preston, who gives it a ‘zero’ percent chance.

Liverpool Pre-Season Training Session

The Welsh international is likely moving to Tynecastle. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Preston – who works on behalf of Woodburn’s representatives ICM Stellar Sports – added: “He won’t be here for the weekend and maybe not even next weekend, at best before the window closes”.

Neilson has been left delighted by news elsewhere at Tynecastle. They officially become Britain’s largest fan-owned club on August 30th, when a transfer of ownership to the Foundation of Heart is finished. Hearts were plunged into administration into 2013 but are now a stable club eight years on under Ann Budge’s ownership.


Speaking of the announcement, Neilson said: “It’s a monumental achievement for us all. I was here when Ann Budge took over, I know what state the club was left in and the commitment from the fans, the Foundation of Hearts and the Board to put things right is nothing short of magnificent.

“The fans put money in every month and to be the biggest fan-owned club in Britain is some achievement. We now have an organisation that can carry the club forward with the backing of the fans. Now it’s a case of building on that groundwork to take the club forward.”

NTOF now offers a YouTube channel featuring exclusive interviews, post-match discussion, in-depth debate, and much more – LIKE and SUBSCRIBE and don’t miss any of our videos.

Have something to tell us about this article?