Harry Cochrane will depart Hearts at the end of the season after rejecting a new contract.

Although the Strathaven man is out of contract, the Jambos will still receive a substantial development fee for a player that emerged through their youth academy.

The 19-year-old wants a fresh challenge in his career as his development has stalled after bursting onto the scene as a 16-year-old when he scored in a 4-0 win over Celtic.

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson attempted to keep Cochrane at the club

Hearts boss Robbie Neilson admits the club attempted to tie Cochrane down to a new deal, adding: "Having been offered a contract extension Harry has informed us that he wants to try something new.

"Harry is a talented player that we would have liked the opportunity to further develop, however we have to respect his decision.

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“Having been with the club for the past nine years we would like to wish Harry all the best for the future.”

Hearts' sporting director Joe Savage insists that the talented midfielder leaves Tynecastle on good terms.

Harry Cochrane has been at Hearts for nine years

He added: "We offered Harry a new contract because the potential is there, it always has been, and we want to see young players become success stories at Hearts.

“He’s decided go a different way and we respect that. Sometimes a fresh move is best for all concerned, that’s football, and nobody at the club has a bad word to say about Harry.

“From the club’s perspective we’ve done everything procedurally that you would expect in order to protect training compensation, and we plough ahead with developing existing talent and sourcing new players of all ages to come in and improve the team both short and long term.”

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