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Sunday 26 January 2020

Two more Irish leave Hearts

Daniel Stendel
Daniel Stendel

Scottish side Hearts are to continue with the reduction of an Irish presence at the club with two more players from this country about to leave.

Glenn Whelan was the first high-profile Irish exit from the Edinburgh club as he was told he was not wanted by new boss Daniel Stendel six months into a one-year deal.

Stendel also decided that Dubliner Jon Daly, who had been working as U20 team coach, was not required, while Westmeath native Aidan Keena a current Ireland U21 cap, was last week sent on loan to Hartlepool United.

Now, Cork-born keeper Colin Doyle, who has been at Hearts since 2018, has been told he can leave, the Ireland international currently batting his way back to fitness after an ankle injury.

And U21 forward Jake Mulraney is also on his way out. MLS side Atlanta United have made a bid for the former Crumlin United man and Hearts have reportedly accepted that, but Mulraney (23) has yet to agree personal terms.

Mulraney joined Hearts in 2018 after spells with QPR and Inverness and but scored once in 22 first-team appearances this season and has recently been training with the reserves.

One-time Ireland U21 cap Aidan White is the only Irish-eligible player in the Hearts first-team squad while former St Patrick's Athletic duo Cian Kavanagh and Jay Nwanze are in the club's academy.

Meanwhile, former Cork City man Conor McCarthy has clarified remarks he made about attendances in the League of Ireland before this month's move to St Mirren.

Ahead of his Saints debut away to Rangers later this month, McCarthy told the Scottish press that "going from playing in front of 20 or 30 people to playing in front of 50,000 would be a baptism of fire".

He has since said the "20-30 people" remark was a reference to pre-season games and not the first team.

"I've played in-front of thousands in the LOI and will always be grateful for that," he said.

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