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SPL Hearts try to get transfer embargo lifted

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Hearts' administrator will attempt for a second time to have the club's transfer embargo lifted as youngsters face burn out.

BDO's Bryan Jackson will cite a possible threat to the health and safety of the young players at Tynecastle.

Manager Gary Locke, whose side are 19 points adrift at the foot of the table, says he is struggling to fill the bench for Premiership fixtures.

"You are worried about burnout, you want to give them a rest," said Locke.

Jackson's previous talks with the Scottish Football Association failed to bear fruit, with the ban in place until Hearts come out of administration.

Hearts entered administration in June, with BDO reporting debts in excess of £28m.

Jackson stressed his support for Locke and vowed to repay the loyalty the manager had shown the club since they entered administration.

Locke wants to give some of his young squad a break but said he was unable to do so because of Hearts' fixture list.

"I am really concerned about it," said Locke. "I haven't hidden that fact and I have said it from day one.

"It is very difficult. I know a long hard season can take it out of you when you are an experienced player, but when you are a young player it is even worse.

"I had it myself when I came into the Hearts first team, which was full of international players, at 17.

"I hit the 20-game mark and then the manager took me out of the team because my form dipped and I needed a rest.

"Unfortunately, I can't do that with the majority of them."

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