Nothing To Lose
Hearts players will have something to play for all season as they start off hoping to eat into the 15 point penalty as quickly as possible,
Danny Wilson believes it will be "the biggest achievement in the club's history" if Hearts manage to stay in the SPL in the new season. The club have been penalised with a 15-point deduction and a registration embargo with further possible sanctions to follow following going into administration last month. Manager Gary Locke could not prevent a whole team of players leaving the club, including experienced defenders Andy Webster and Marius Zaliukas and striker John Sutton. He will now start the season witha squad packed with youngsters. Wilson has been appointed captain following the departure of Zaliukas and he says if the clubs stay up, the squad's names will go down in Jambos folklore. The Scotland defender said: "I think it would be the biggest achievement in the club's history if we were able to overturn this. We are young and it is going to be difficult but we have the chance to make ourselves heroes at this club and that's what you want as a footballer. You would rather be going for cups and titles, obviously, but this would be just as big. It is a great opportunity for all the young boys. They will be playing every week and, at their age, that doesn't happen in many teams. This is a massive club and, if they can do well this season, they can become heroes at a very young age. We have to have the mentality that everyone is against us and we are going to go out there and prove everybody wrong. It is the only way we can approach every game. We have nothing to lose this season - we are already 15 points down."Wilson could have been excused for giving into temptation and join those players leaving Tynecastle. The former Rangers player had agreed a three-year deal with Hearts following a loan move from Liverpool last season. However, that contract could have been ripped up when Hearts entered administration. A legal loophole allowed Wilson to get around the consequent signing embargo imposed but, along with several other players, he took a cut in wages to stay at the club. Asked if it might have been better to go somewhere more stable, Wilson replied: "People have said that to me and I had other offers but I made the commitment about a month and half ago to stay here and I made a lot of changes in my life for that. I had bought a house and was settled and didn't want to uproot again. Obviously, I took a wage cut to stay and was more than happy to do so to help in any way I could. I had been really happy here for six months and I get on so well with the manager and the boys at the club. So you don't just trade that for a bit of uncertainty. I'm here for the long haul and hopefully we can come through this better."And Wilson is "really proud" to be the new Gorgie captain. He said: "If it was a few years ago, when there were more senior players it wouldn't have happened, but the gaffer has given me the honour of being captain. But even if anyone else had been given the captaincy, we all need to show more leadership this season."
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