Exiting Adrian Mrowiec eyes Cup final finale with Hearts

Mrowiec has been on the sidelines with a knee injury
Mrowiec has been on the sidelines with a knee injury

Adrian Mrowiec is eyeing a Scottish Cup final end to his Hearts career after the club announced that the 28-year-old would not be offered a new contract.

Hearts had already stated that fellow midfielders Ian Black and David Obua would be leaving in the summer.

Mrowiec has just returned to training following a knee injury.

"Maybe my last game for Hearts could be the Scottish Cup final," he said. "What a way to finish that would be. My knee feels good so I hope everything is OK."

Mrowiec is hoping to win some game time ahead of the 19 May Hampden final against city neighbours Hibernian.

"This weekend against St Johnstone will be too soon for me," he admitted.

"But, maybe if I can get some action against Celtic the following Sunday, which I think is more likely, I might have a chance of making the final."

Mrowiec is in his second spell at Tynecastle after first joining Hearts on loan from Kaunas in 2008.

Following a year on loan with Arka Gdynia in his homeland, he was back at the Edinburgh club in summer 2010.

He might now return to Polish football after becoming the latest player to be released as Hearts look to cut their wage bill and start next season with a smaller squad.

"These things happen in football," he told Hearts' website.

"I have had a really good time here as have my family. Maybe we will be back one day, who knows?

"As for the future, I don't know what will happen, but going back to Poland is obviously something I will think about."

Mrowiec, who began his career with Wisla Krakow and had loan spells with Szczakowianka Jaworzno and Proszowianka Proszowice before a move to Lithuanian football with Vilnius, has been a first-team regular this season.

A Hearts spokesperson said: "Adrian proved popular with the fans during his time here thanks to his combative style on the park.

"We would like to wish him well as he embarks on the next stage of his career."

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