Date: 8th June 2007 at 4:51pm
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News breaking today indicates that Hearts’ new signing Larry Kingston may actually be able to play in the first few games of next season.

It had previously been thought that Kingston would miss the first three matches of next season after Hearts appealed his initial ban, which was given to him after comments made towards a match official. The ban was then put on hold which allowed him to play in the remaining few games of last season. The SFA were due to meet over the summer to agree the outcome, which was widely expected to be the same three match ban, starting with the first game of next season.

However, apparently the recent resignation of Fraser Wishart from his post as secretary of the SPFA has thrown this into doubt, with the bureaucracy of that particular organisation being such that re-scheduling the hearing could well take a few months! And I thought IT departments were bad!

Anyway, I suppose this is good news from the point of view that it could give Hearts a better opportunity of starting the new season well. If Larry can inspire them to a good few results, then when he does have to serve his ban, perhaps the confidence of the players will be sufficiently high to manage without him. We’ll see.


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