Lewis Moore has thanked Hearts for the support the club provided during a difficult time for the winger last summer, which affected his stint at Falkirk.
The 21-year-old is all smiles at the moment having just received a call-up to the Scotland U21 squad from Scot Gemmill.
The youngster has made six appearances for the Jambos in the Premiership after returning from his loan spell with Falkirk, and a further two in the Scottish Cup.
It simply didn’t work out for Moore at the League One side, where he made just four appearances.
His lack of game time, on top of the awful experience of losing his dad in the summer, saw Moore consider leaving football to find another job.
He said (club’s official website): “I was out on loan at Falkirk during the first half of the season and I wasn’t playing. It was a really difficult time and to be honest I was considering leaving football altogether and just getting a job away from the game.
“I lost my Dad last summer, that was the worst time of my life. I made the mistake of not telling anyone at Hearts for the first few weeks. So, for the start of pre-season my head was just gone, I was miles off it.
“I eventually just kind of broke down and told the club. As soon as I told them, I had all the support in the world. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t keep things to yourself, you need to speak to people and I won’t make that mistake again.
“I’m 21 years old and at the time I wasn’t getting a game in League One. It was just constant set-backs and I thought to myself ‘how am I ever meant to play for Hearts?’ But I think it’s fair to say my mindset has changed now.”
Huge credit to Moore
Moore deserves major respect for managing what he’s been through, as do Hearts for providing him with the appropriate support.
The Bathgate-born ace was clearly struggling at the start of the season, so for him to get back to his parent club and force his way into the manager’s thinking is a great testament to his character.
He’s now in a position to help Hearts preserve their Premiership status, which is under significant threat at the moment with the club rooted to the bottom of the table.