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  • Mitre June 17

Scottish Premier League side deny ground share claims

Heart of Midlothian Football Club has denied rumours that the club is set to move to a new ground which would be shared with Edinburgh Rugby.

In a statement on the club’s site Hearts insisted they remained ‘fully committed to the redevelopment of Tynecastle’ but would ‘explore any potential opportunities that might exist to create a state of the art football stadium at Tynecastle or elsewhere in the west of Edinburgh’.

Plans to redevelop the club existing ground Tynecastle, at a cost of £51m, have hit issues with the council, Tynecastle High School and the nearby whisky distillery.

An official statement on the clubs site added:  “The club has no intention of moving from our current home as long as there is a financially viable stadium redevelopment option on the table.

"As a club we've already invested over £1m in stadium redevelopment plans and have no intention of walking away from that extensive development work.

"The challenges faced by Hearts in redeveloping Tynecastle are principally external - both health and safety and political.

"Our first priority is to exhaust every option for the redevelopment of Tynecastle.

"We do, however, remain open minded to any business venture that can deliver distinct commercial benefits to the club.”

The news comes after the club issued a debt to equity plan to reduce their debts by £10m.

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