Football - Hearts retain young duo

Hearts have told young players Callum Tapping and Dylan McGowan that they will be staying on next season - but Lithuanian midfielder Denis Prychynenko is being released.

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Callum Tapping is staying at Hearts

Hearts, whose recent financial results showed a debt of £24.7million, had the option to terminate their contracts but Tapping and McGowan have become first-team regulars in recent months.

Australian defender McGowan, 21, has made 21 appearances this season, while former Tottenham trainee Tapping has been a regular feature after making his first start in the Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final win over Inverness in January.

Prychynenko has only made one start for the club and joins Darren Barr and Gordon Smith in being told his services are not required next season.

The 21-year-old told the club's website: "Thanks everyone for all the great memories. I fell in love with Scotland, Edinburgh and Hearts. I will never forget."

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