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Stevenson disenchanted by Hearts situation

Heart of Midlothian star Ryan Stevenson has admitted his enjoyment level has dwindled since the Edinburgh club has experienced off-field woe.

The 27-year old wants to leave Tynecastle six months prior to his contract expiring as the Jambos continue to struggle financially and he admits that his love for game has dropped dramatically in the past few months.

"I love being a footballer and want to enjoy it every time I play. But in the past four months the enjoyment has gone out of it 100 per cent," he told the Daily Record.

"I was happier at Ayr United earning £500 a week because I knew what my goal was. I wanted to better myself and reach a better club at a higher level to earn more money. But now I'm here and the place is a circus.

"At Hearts we should be looking to challenge Rangers and Celtic, do well in the league and win cups.

"But how can we think about that when we are being treated so badly on a daily basis? It's not just one week, it's been like this for four months.

"I'm out of contract in six months so had to ask myself, 'What happens if I play on Saturday and do my cruciate? Do I trust Hearts enough to pay for the medical procedure to save my career when I can't even trust them to pay my wages?' "I know I have left myself open to criticism. But I feel as if a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders. This isn't something I have done because they haven't paid me for a couple of weeks."

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Andrew Slevison
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