Unpaid Hearts players offered new contracts

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland
Hearts players
Hearts players have experienced delays in receiving their wages

At least four members of the Hearts first team squad have been offered contract extensions within the past few weeks, BBC Scotland has learned.

These offers have been made in spite of the fact that they have not received their November monthly salaries.

At least two of the first team squad have recently held talks with the PFA Scotland union regarding their own situation at Tynecastle.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Janos Balogh has left the club with immediate effect.

The Hungarian, 29, was out of contract in January but the club have confirmed that he has gone early.

Janos Balogh
Balogh has left Hearts a month before his contract was due to end

He told Hearts News: "It was a good move for me to come to Hearts and it improved me as a keeper, although it was frustrating not to be able to prove it in the last 15 months.

"I didn't have much luck during that time but I will remember my first two years here for a long time.

"I will be home in Hungary with my family for Christmas which will be great and after that who knows what will happen. My preference is to get back playing in Europe in a new country."

None of the players offered new deals have indicated that they would be willing to sign them.

BBC Scotland has also established that a number of players who have not been paid will have difficulties in meeting their monthly financial commitments, including mortgages, if the club do not pay them within the next 10 days.

Some players were given part-payments on Friday, but they have not been given any indication as to when they will be paid in full.