Hearts fans have heaped praise on skipper Steven Naismith, who has confirmed he is temporarily halving his wages.
The Jambos are one of 42 teams without matchday income at the moment, with the Covid-19 pandemic forcing the suspension of football in Scotland and many other parts of the world.
Football will be on the backburner for months potentially, and clubs are undoubtedly set for some tough times ahead financially.
Hearts owner Ann Budge recently made the decision to ask full-time employees at Tynecastle to take a 50% wage cut starting April, in a bid to help the club sustain itself.
Naismith is thought to be among the top earners at the club, but released a statement last night to explain he is happy to halve his wages at this testing time.
It 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.”
Naismith’s decision comes hot on the heels of the news that manager Daniel Stendel is now working for free in a bid to help protect jobs.
Hearts fans react
Naismith deserves credit for doing his bit to help the club during this uncertain time and his statement of commitment to Hearts prompted a lot of positive comments from Jambos fans online:
Love you Steven
— Conor 🇱🇻 (@ConorElen_16) March 22, 2020
Cheers Steven. This is what you call a real footballer.
— JVCcam96 (@LifeIsFootball6) March 22, 2020
— Evan McCallum 🏴 (@EvanMcCallum3) March 22, 2020
A man who understands the gravity of the global environment we live in
— Kevin Fraser (@KevinFraserPP) March 22, 2020
Well played that man!
— Andrew Simpson (@odysseus62) March 22, 2020
Top top bloke.
— Howard Young (@HY144) March 22, 2020
Great gesture and more importantly a superb statement of intent @MoyaNaismith
— Bruce Cormack (@Cormachio) March 22, 2020
Fantastic gesture from a top bloke!!
— Phil Renshaw (@1978Bungle) March 23, 2020
— Paddy Neilson (@paddyn1874) March 22, 2020
Leader of men. Keep us up Sir
— andyhardie (@aahardie) March 22, 2020
Our captain, our leader 🇱🇻🇱🇻
— Jambo Ian (@Ian1978Jambo) March 22, 2020
This is somebody with a passion for the club he plays for, a huge affiliation with us, the fans, compassion for the people who need the help around him via his charity work….. BUT, above all, he has a conscience ❤️..
Hats off to this man! 💪🏻
— Neil Twaddle Smith (@0ldyorkie) March 22, 2020