Date: 6th May 2015 at 6:23pm
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Three players have now committed their futures to Hearts for the coming Premiership campaign and head coach Robbie Neilson’s plans for the coming season continue afoot.

Our three young strikers, Billy King, Gary Oliver and Robbie Buchanan have now all penned new deals.

Billy and Robbie have penned 24 month contract extensions, whilst Gary adds a further 12 months with a 12 month option.

King has made 33 appearances this season prior to picking up his injury, scoring nine times, whilst Oliver and Buchanan (U20 Player of the Year) have enjoyed loan spells out for experience with Stenhousemuir and Cowdenbeath respectively.

Between them they made 18 appearances.

Speaking to the Official Site after the formalities were done, Robbie Neilson explained his delight at their extensions.

‘I`m pleased to get Billy signed up. He`s performed really well for us this year. He`s got a big future at the club and I`m glad to get him tied up. Both Gary and Robbie went out on loan this season and did really well. We were desperate to get Gary back from Stenhousemuir and into the first-team squad and get him involved, and he`s done really well towards the end of the season. Robbie performed well on loan at Cowdenbeath and I was really pleased with his performances.’

Neilson went on to say that both of them should be challenging and pushing for first team games next season.

In other news, Scott Robinson will leave the club upon the expiration of his contract at the end of the month.

As for King briefly, he admits he should be raring to go in pre season now following the ankle surgery he had that kept him out of the final games of the season, and he’s revealed that he’s actually ahead of schedule.

‘My rehabilitation is coming along good; I think I`m ahead of schedule. I`ve been coming in with the new physio – Karen Gibson – and doing rehab exercises, pool and stuff. I think I`ll be in for the next couple of weeks and hopefully get to a stage where I can start running. Then I can have a nice break as I`m going on holiday and stuff, and then come back in and hopefully be 100% for pre-season.’

With all thoughts turning to next season, in his interview he went on to say that he was looking forward to seeing the club return to the Premiership and he was hoping he and we could continue the form we had shown this year.

‘I think I can achieve much the same, next season. I want to improve on goals and assists as well. I obviously got quite a few assists and something I`ve always wanted to do is score more goals every season, so hopefully that. To be honest, this season I started more games than I thought I would`ve so it`s been a bonus that as well, so hopefully next season I can kind of try and get a starting place in the team and just get consistent performances week in, week out. We`ll see what happens from there.’

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