Preston loanee Josh Ginnelly has started talks with Hearts about joining the Championship leaders on a permanent basis.

Ginnelly is currently on loan at the Tynecastle club until the end of the season. That is when he will also be a free agent, as his Preston deal expires at that point.

The 23-year-old has disclosed that although discussions have begun with Hearts, they are still at an early stage.

“Had normal conversations”

“We’ve just had normal conversations, so we’ll see what the future holds” he said (Edinburgh Evening News).

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Josh Ginnelly celebrates scoring for Hearts (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I love it here, I love being in this group with my team-mates and the staff as well. Everyone is on board with what the manager and the hierarchy are trying to do with the club. It’s a great place to play” Ginnelly continued.

The player also paid tribute to the man who signed him for Hearts, manager Robbie Neilson. He feels that Neilson knows how to deal with players as he was a player himself for so many years.

“Got a great understanding”

“He’s got a great understanding because he was a player himself. The gaffer has got a perfect balance. He does it with everyone. There isn’t one person in the changing room who isn’t on board with what we’re trying to achieve” he concluded.

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Josh Ginnelly celebrates scoring against Dundee (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Ginnelly recently scored his third Hearts goal of the season against Alloa, in the weekend’s 3-1 win. That makes a total of three goals in seven appearances so far. If he can continue that level of form for the rest of the season, he would be a bargain on a free transfer.

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