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Hearts chairwoman Budge wants more fan backing

Heart of Midlothian executive chairwoman Ann Budge has called for further assistance from supporters as she goes about saving the Edinburgh club.

Budge solely heads the BIDCO 1874 company that is set to finalise a £2.5million agreement with Jambos administrator BDO to see the club out of administration.

The businesswoman is calling for support from the Tynecastle faithful in order to see Hearts move on from their financial crisis and onto bigger and better things in the future.

"The club needs your financial support to see us through the next two years," Budge said in a statement issued by the Foundation of Hearts group.

"Your contributions are required to secure supporter ownership.

"My task, as I see it, is to ensure that when I hand the club over to you, the supporters, I will be handing over a club in good shape and with sufficient resources to face the challenges of the future."

The statement continued: "To achieve this the club needs investment over the next two years to stabilise and then build a solid financial base.

"Some of you are asking how long you might be asked to contribute.

"Beyond that, and once ownership passes to the fans, it will be for you, the supporters, to agree the financial priorities of your club.

"These supporters have started to build the cash reserves to enable fans' ownership to become a reality, which will ultimately put an end to private ownership of our club."

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