Liverpool's Danny Wilson makes Hearts switch permanent

 

Danny Wilson says uncertainty over the future of Hearts did not faze him as he signed a three-year contract as his time at Liverpool came to an end.

Hearts' parent company, UBIG, recently applied to be declared insolvent in Lithuania, raising fears Hearts could end up in administration.

"I always said that, if the opportunity was there to stay then I would take it and I have," said Wilson.

"I've signed here with the best intentions and I'll honour that."

Wilson, who played on loan with Hearts in the latter part of last season, told BBC Scotland he was comfortable with committing himself to the club regardless of what might happen.

"We spoke about it a few weeks and just with the circumstances at the club it took a wee while to get there, but now it's there I'm delighted," he said.

"Obviously that goes through your head, but at the same time you wouldn't imagine they would offer you a contract if there wasn't some certainty there.

"We've spoken about it and I'm comfortable with what's been said, so obviously the contract's there for me to sign and I've done that and now I can only concentrate on the football side of things and what happens, happens.

Wilson had joined Liverpool for £2m in July 2010 after breaking into the Rangers first-team at the end of the previous season.

But he made only nine appearances for the Reds during his three-year contract and had loan spells with Bristol City then Hearts.

However, the central defender insisted he had no regrets about his time down south.

"I made my decision at the time and it's one I stand by," said Wilson. "People might think I should have done things differently, but they weren't put in the same situation I was.

"That's in the past now and I'm just looking forward to the future.

"I came up here and played 14 games on the bounce and it's the first time I've done that in my career.

"As long as I can keep doing that for the rest of my career, I'll be more than happy."

"I'm 21 now and I'm at an age where I need to be playing regular football so Hearts gave me the opportunity to do that, they've put the faith in me to do it again with a contract and I wasn't going to turn that down."

Wilson also insisted that, while playing regular football was his first priority, he would like to force his way back into the national team.

He has a wealth of experience despite only being 21 years old and has already shown how talented he is in his loan spell here

Gary Locke Hearts manager

"My main aim when I came here was to be back playing regular club football again, but an international ambition is something that's still in me," he said.

"I need to keep playing well here first before I think about international recognition."

Hearts said on their official website that Wilson "rejected the advances of other interested parties" to extend his stay in Edinburgh.

However, the player insisted that former club Rangers did not make a move for him.

"There wasn't any contact with Rangers so it wasn't somthing I needed to think about," said Wilson.

"There was interest from down south, but I've really enjoyed my time here and I don't think there was much need to change.

Hearts manager Gary Locke expressed his delight and predicted that staying at Tynecastle will help Wilson add to his five international caps.

"He has a wealth of experience despite only being 21 years old and has already shown how talented he is in his loan spell here," he said.

"I'd like to thank Liverpool for allowing him to come here in the first instance and Danny himself for showing faith in this club and choosing us when there was interest elsewhere.

"This is the type of player I'm wanting to attract to the club and I firmly believe that if he continues to play the way that he can then he'll be called back up to the Scotland squad in no time at all."