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MCLAUGHLIN OPEN TO HEARTS STAY

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JON MCLAUGHLIN has suggested that he could remain at Hearts as the Jambos look to tie down the 30-year-old. McLaughlin was signed from Burton Albion under freedom of contract in the summer and has just six months remaining on his current deal; although, he insists he’s happy to stay with Craig Levein’s side.

With 10 clean sheets in the last 12 outings for the Tynecastle Park side, there has been interest in luring away the Edinburgh-born ‘keeper. However, speaking to BBC Scotland Sportsound, McLaughlin revealed he was open to a Hearts stay.

“I enjoy it and it’s a great place to play and a great league to be in.”

“As is the way in football and in the world, there are other factors to consider, but at the moment we are really enjoying it and it’s leading to good things hopefully for myself and my family.

“We just need to make sure all the boxes are ticked and we will get something signed up.

“The gaffer has mentioned some things and we have spoken, but I certainly haven’t written anything off.

“We haven’t agreed anything at the moment, there are no contracts to sign here or anywhere else.

“A lot of football has still to be played, a lot of things still to come. At the moment, I just need to concentrate on football and hopefully all will fall in to place.”

Previously, Levein had suggested that he was resigned to losing the shot stopper to an English club.

“He’s had a lot of decent offers from down south, which is much more money than we can afford to pay.”

McLaughlin and Hearts now look to the return of St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup Fifth Round on Saturday following their 1-0 victory in the league on Saturday.

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