Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has disclosed that the club are in talks with Stephen Kingsley about extended the player’s contract at Tynecastle.
Kingsley joined Hearts in the close season on a free transfer after leaving Hull City. The left-back only signed a one-year deal with Hearts, but since joining the club he has performed well.
He has made 11 appearances in all competitions and perhaps most importantly chipped in with three goals. That is a very good record for a left-back.
If he can stay fit, Kingsley will be a huge player for Hearts in their bid to win the Championship and next weekend’s Scottish Cup Final against Celtic.
Neilson is hopeful that talks will go well with the 26-year-old, and he will extend his stay with Hearts.
“We’re very hopeful, we’ve already spoken to him, and he’s comfortable here” he said.
Interestingly, Kingsley has moved back to Scotland after his spell in England. That could be a sign that he is set to stay with Hearts.
“He’s moved back up the road, he’s got a kid now and got a house just outside Stirling, and we’re very hopeful we’ll get something tied up, and we’re in negotiations with him” Neilson revealed.
Neilson has been pleased with Kingsley’s performances so far. He sees no reason why that can’t continue for the rest of the season.
“I think he has shown he has real quality. He’s just concentrating on playing week-in, week-out. It’s still early days but I’ve been pleased with everything he has shown so far” he concluded.