Date: 9th December 2015 at 6:05pm
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Winger Jamie Walker has today put pen to paper on a new long term deal with Hearts.

Th 22 year old already has 105 first team appearances to his name, with a return of 18 goals, and he has now agreed a new deal at Tynecastle keeping him at the club until the summer of 2018.

Following quickly on from Igor Rossi and Arnaud Djoum in securing their long term futures, head coach Robbie Neilson told the Official Site that he felt the new deal was in the best interests of both parties.

‘I`m pleased to get Jamie signed up. He`s a Hearts Football Academy graduate, and we`ve got a few more guys too who we`d like to get signed up as we think that they deserve it and they`ve done well this season. It works well for both parties. Jamie`s a big prospect at the club, played a lot of games and there`s been interest in him over the years. To get him tied up gives us security but it also gives Jamie security as well, to go and progress and concentrate on his football.’

Neilson went on to add that whilst he has had a ‘stop-start’ season so far with his various niggles, his importance to the team is clear, and he’s hoping for the second half of the campaign he can now get a good run of games.

‘This season has been a bit stop-start for Jamie. Last season he played very well for us and won us a lot of games. He`s a big part of the team and was at the start of the season. He`s had a couple of little niggling injuries recently, which have hindered him, but we expect him to make a full recovery and add value to the team.’

Speaking in his own interview after penning the contract, Walker himself said.

‘I`m delighted that I`m staying. It was an easy decision to make to stay. I`ve not played much this season but it shows that the gaffer`s got faith in me by giving me a new contract. It makes sense to commit my future to the club and give something back. As I said, the gaffer`s shown faith in me as I`ve been injured for a lot of the season and he could`ve just left it and seen how my injury was. He`s showed faith in giving me a new contract and hopefully I can repay him with good performances.’

As for his own return from the latest problem, Walker said he returned to running yesterday so he’s hoping to come back into contention over the next week or two as he builds on his fitness again.

‘I started back running yesterday so hopefully next week or the week after I`ll be back fit. The gaffer likes to mix it up a bit but whatever formation or team he plays I think I can fit in well. I`m looking forward to getting back playing.’

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