Hearts players who could benefit from Gary Naysmith’s appointment as loans manager

With Gary Naysmith being appointed as Hearts loans manager, there is sure to be some movement at Tynecastle in the coming weeks before the transfer window closes.

Naysmith “will be involved in every step of the loans process” as per the Jambos release which will see him finding suitable clubs for players and monitoring players performances among other things.

There are a number of players currently on the Gorgie club’s books who could benefit from a loan stint elsewhere with regular first team football not guaranteed.

Aidan Keena

The Republic of Ireland striker is one of six strikers currently in Hearts first-team and as talented as he is, he is far from being first choice.

At 20-years-old, it is important that he gets regular game time under his belt to help his development.

He spent part of last season on loan with Dunfermline Athletic in the Championship and was a regular once he overcame the injury he arrived at the club with.

He scored four in 12 appearances for the Pars, including a memorable long range strike against Inverness.

Another loan in the Championship or perhaps even to a smaller club in the Premiership would certainly not harm him.

Harry Cochrane

Harry Cochrane debutted for Hearts as a 16-year-old during the 2017/18 season and made a total of 25 appearances that season, 14 of which as a starter.

After such a promising first season, hopes were high for Cochrane heading into the 18/19 season but a series of injury problems limited him to just nine appearances.

The 18-year-old central midfielder has yet to feature in any of Hearts competive games this season and therefore a loan move could be sensible for him so he can get back into the groove after his injury problems.

Dario Zanatta

Dario Zanatta joined Hearts back in 2015 and has spent three of his four years with the club out on loan most recently with Alloa Athletic, where he performed well.

The 22-year-old Canadian does not look like a player that Craig Levein can pin the clubs hopes on this season and with him having just a year left on his deal, it is important for him to go out and play somewhere to either earn a new deal with Hearts or to win himself a move elsewhere.

Rory Currie

With Hearts’ bloated striking department, Currie is highly unlikely to get many chances, if any at all this season.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at League One outfit East Fife and he scored seven goals in 24 appearances for Darren Young’s side.

Another loan in the third tier or perhaps even lower end of the Championship could be Currie’s best bet of regular football this season.

Connor Smith

Smith got to taste some first team action at the tail end of last season and having put pen to paper on a deal with the club until 2022 just last month, it is clear that the club envisage a future for him in the side.

The 17-year-old midfielder has shown promise both at club and youth international level and could challenge himself by swapping reserve team football for first team football lower down in the Scottish footballing pyramid.

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