Date: 8th May 2015 at 4:20pm
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Jake Hutchings’ time with Hearts has ended just five-months after his arrival with the former Torquay man released at the end of his short-term deal, signed in January.

Robbie Neilson, in comments carried by the Evening News, feels that he did ok at Tynecastle but hasn’t done enough to convince him that he would make it into his side on a regular basis so it would be best for all concerned that he moved on.

19-year-old Hutchings is at the stage of his career where his development would require regular first-team football, as said Neilson knows this isn’t going to happen with us but wishes him well and hopes that he can stay in Scotland as he wishes to.

‘We aren’t going to extend Jake’s contract.

‘He did okay when he came in but, at his age, he needs to play first-team football and he isn`t going to play it with us. We brought him in during the winter hoping he would progress but I just feel that he`s turning 20 soon and he needs to go out and play.

‘He`s keen to stay in Scotland so hopefully he can get something sorted out. He`s a good kid and a good player and he will get a team in Scotland, depending on what level he wants to stay at. We wish him all the best and if we can help him out, we will.’

Hutching initially joined us on trial last summer but injury saw this cut short before his return in the New Year, which saw him sign that short-term deal. He didn’t manage a first-team appearance with the defenders performances in the U20 side not enough to convince him that he’s what we’re looking for.

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