Ryan Stevenson 'glad' to leave Hearts for Ipswich Town

Ryan Stevenson
Stevenson had scored four times in 22 games for Hearts this season

Ipswich Town signing Ryan Stevenson has expressed his relief at leaving Hearts and delivered a parting shot to the club's owner Vladimir Romanov.

The 27-year-old had been seeking a move away from Edinburgh and has not played since mid-December following a dispute over unpaid wages.

"The circumstances have been difficult at Hearts," he told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"The owner's a Russian millionaire and these guys aren't smart, they do what they want."

The midfielder completed his switch to Ipswich on Monday, agreeing an 18-month deal, and is looking forward to returning to action after choosing to spend the last six weeks on the sidelines.

"It's difficult and I'm glad that I'm out and down to a club of this size," he said.

"My wife's pregnant and she's due in six weeks. It was a bad couple of months for everybody involved at Hearts.

"I haven't played for just over a month so it will take a wee while to get back to full fitness. But if the manager calls upon me I'll be ready."

And the former Chelsea academy player rejected the notion that leaving a club who are fourth in the Scottish Premier League to join a side in the bottom four of the second tier of English football is a step backwards.

"It's a big club and it's a massive league, the Championship," he said.

"You're playing against good teams every week here so I don't see it as a drop. I see it as a step up."

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