Date: 19th February 2015 at 11:49am
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Gary Oliver could have taken the easy option and accepted the chance to leave Hearts for another loan spell but Robbie Neilson has told the Edinburgh News that he decided against this as he wants to fight for his first-team place.

Not only did Oliver reject the chance to return to Stenhousemuir on loan because he wants to fight for his first-team place at Tynecastle the striker also wants to fight for his future – he’s hoping that between now and the end of the season he can prove to Head Coach Neilson that he’s worthy of a new contract.

Oliver faces plenty of competition for a place, Neilson’s made that perfectly clear to him, but he’s pleased that he waned to stay here and ‘try to push himself.’

‘Gary went away and did well at Stenhousemuir on loan and now he’s come back. This is his time to prove himself in training and in under-20 games and if he gets an opportunity in the first team.

‘There is a lot of competition for places in the forward line so he`s got to work hard, which he’s been doing, and prove he can play at Hearts. I think he’s doing that at the moment. He just needs to continue doing it.’

The 19-year-old has seen his previous loan spell with Stenhousemuir cut short in December and they were ‘desperate to take him back’ but fair play to Oliver, he’s looking to prove himself with us and earn himself a long-term deal.

You can’t beat regular first-team football but with Nielson able to monitor him first hand by him staying he could get this chance, with a long-term contract the potential gain too….

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