Hearts captain Steven Naismith is happy to reduce his wages at Tynecastle, stating that football has been good to him and his family over years.
Jambos owner Ann Budge has been forced to take measures to help the club sustain itself during a period of no income in the coming weeks and months, asking full-time employees to take a 50% wage cut from April.
Football is currently suspended in Scotland and in most parts of the world due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Many clubs are going to be hit hard financially by the situation, and some clubs have already called on the help of their loyal supporters.
Hearts have several big earners at Tynecastle, with Naismith being one of them, but the 33-year-old is keen to help ease the burden.
A club statement reads: “My family and I feel that, through a long career, football has been very good to us. Therefore, I personally feel that I can and should accept the 50% reduction in wages.
I hope this can contribute in some way to the long-term survival of the club at a challenging time and save jobs, especially those that are the lowest earners and hence those who will be struggling the most at this time.
“I know every one of my team-mates have unique circumstances with their finances, homes and families. I can assure everyone they are all doing what they can.
“As captain of Hearts, I will fully support my team-mates, whatever decision each of them makes on this matter. I am making a commitment to stay at Hearts, regardless of which league the club is in, next season and look forward to continuing to lead as captain.”
Fair play Naismith
It is a great gesture by Naismith, although having spent several years playing in the Premier League with Everton and Norwich City, one would imagine he’s in a decent position to make that call.
Nevertheless it’s a strong show of leadership from Naismith, and his actions are bound to go down well with supporters.
Hopefully, they will go some way to helping the club through this difficult period.