Aidan Keena has opened up on his Hartlepool United switch after the youngster left Hearts on a permanent deal.

As Daniel Stendel looks to completely revamp his Jambos squad, Keena has become one of the victims. He was deemed surplus to the German’s requirements and has been shipped out the door.

Keena is gone from Hearts. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He’s found himself in the National League with Hartlepool. Speaking on their YouTube channel, Keena admits it was ‘a bit’ painful to leave Gorgie.

“I’m delighted to get it done, I’ve not had the best season so far not playing much,” said Keena. “Hopefully I can hit the ground running. I was basically told by Hearts the other day I was free to find a new club.

“It was a bit gutting but I had a few offers. This came up and I was happy to get it done. One of my coaches Jon Daly has been here before so I hope he put in a good word for me!

Down south now. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I was getting a bit of game time under the old manager but a new manager has come in with new ideas and players he likes. If he needs to make room, there’s not much you can do about it.”

Painful axe

Overall Keena made 18 appearances for the Jambos, scoring once against Auchinleck Talbot. He did score three in the Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup earlier in the term for the Jambos Colts side.

Keena was given a bit of a chance under Stendel. He started the former Barnsley man’s first game in charge against St Johnstone, but was hooked at half time. He was then on the bench against Celtic and featured for 13 minutes against Hibs.

An Irish youth international. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Stendel obviously didn’t think the Irishman fit into his plans. There are a few that fall into that bracket, with fellow countryman Glenn Whelan already released. Christophe Berra, Jake Mulraney and Craig Wighton are all up for transfer too.

It’s all change at Tynecastle as Stendel looks to make his mark.

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