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Bournemouth youngster James Hill open to Hearts stay

Bournemouth youngster James Hill would be open to leaving permanently for Scotland.

The England under-21 international has been with the Cherries since January 2022.

However, he only played one league game before going out on loan this January to Hearts.

In those five months, he has played 14 times and impressed with the Scottish Premiership club.

Speaking to the Edinburgh Evening News, Hill stated: “It would definitely be in consideration because everyone at Hearts has been amazing.

“They've made me feel at home. I'm not out of place here. I feel like a massive part of this squad. When you have that belief, the sky is the limit.

“I owe it to the players, the manager, and also (former manager) Robbie Neilson when he was here. They made me feel like a player again.

“I haven't felt like that in a long time – I can't lie, it's been difficult. I've been really honoured to pull on the Hearts jersey.

“I've learned so much. You play against different calibre of players in this league, physical and technical. The group at Hearts is incredible and the standard of this league is a surprise when other players step in because there is such quality.

“There are highs and lows but you have to stick together as a group. That has taught me about the frustration side of the game. You have to try to stay level-headed and just keep going. You can go places you don't think you an actually get to if you keep believing."

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