Crisis has brought unity - Grainger

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Danny Grainger feels unity at Hearts is making them stronger

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Danny Grainger feels unity at Hearts is making them stronger

Defender Danny Grainger believes the financial crisis at Hearts has helped bring everyone together as players, staff and fans battle to save the club.

The Edinburgh outfit were issued with a winding-up order 12 days ago over a tax bill of almost £450,000 and have agreed with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to extend the deadline for payment to December 3.

Grainger hit the winner in the 1-0 win over St Mirren and said: "The boys just want to do as much as they can whenever they play to show we're at Hearts for a reason. We wanted to show in this game it means more to us than just walking out onto the pitch. It's a big thing to us to play for a club like Hearts."

He added: "We appreciate what the supporters have done for the football club. As players we've deferred our wages but the fans have really dug deep. We had kids handing in their piggy banks earlier in the week.

"Things like that have brought us all closer together because we know what this club means to people. It's amazing to see what's gone on to help keep this club alive.

"The only way we could show our appreciation was going out and getting three points."

Hearts initially feared the clash with Saints could be the last game in their 138-year history if they failed to raise the cash in time.

Grainger added: "When the statement came out it came as a bit of a shock. When you sign for Hearts you know the club isn't in a great financial way.

"Once you become involved here you don't think it's as bad as people make out. But then when you read it in black and white that the club may only have 10 days to survive it really does hit home that things have to change.

"At the moment things can't change as rapidly as we'd hope them to. But we needed to stick together and that's what we've done."

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