Hearts: John Souttar extends contract until 2022

John Souttar, right, returned to action last week after three months on the sidelines
John Souttar, right, returned to action last week after three months on the sidelines

Defender John Souttar has signed a contract extension to keep him at Hearts until 2022.

The 22-year-old Scotland international joined the Edinburgh club from Dundee United in 2016 and has recently returned to action after a hip injury.

Captain Christophe Berra and right-back Michael Smith also committed their futures to the club this month.

Manager Craig Levein confirmed "two or three others" are set to sign as he looks to "create stability".

"When I came back into this role the big thing was to have stability," he said. "To sustain any kind of excellence you need stability."

That stability extends to not making any deadline day move, with Levein saying he will not be involved in any late night discussions.

The Hearts manager has already signed striker David Vanecek from FK Teplice and loaned Leeds United defender Conor Shaughnessy.

"I'm going to watch Snow Patrol tonight and my phone will be off. Brilliant eh? I don't see anything happening, it will be hard to get hold of me,"Levein said.

His side face Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Friday, with a Scottish Cup last-16 home tie against junior side Auchinleck Talbot the following Saturday.

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