James Wilson targets Hearts breakthrough season after snubbing Manchester United interest

James Wilson is targeting a breakthrough season at Hearts
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Hearts prospect James Wilson has set his sights on a breakthrough season at Tynecastle.

The teenage striker, 17, was given a taste of first-team action after earning his Scottish Cup debut against Spartans, while he also came off the bench against Dundee and St Mirren in the league. Regarded as one of the hottest prospects in Scottish football, the rising star has been included in the Jambos' pre-season training camp in Tenerife.

Quizzed on his ambitions for the new season, Wilson said: "I need to get on the pitch and get as many minutes as possible, that's down to me in training to prove myself. I want to score, I want to hear the crowd after I do. That's the main aim, if I can get a goal early on this season that will give me a lift.

"It was nice coming on last season, I really enjoyed the game at home against Dundee. I got another chance against St Mirren, it was a good end to the campaign."

Wilson was fast-tracked to the senior squad after penning his first professional contract with the club, knocking back approaches from the likes of Manchester United, Celtic and Rangers.

He said: "It's been an easy transition for me coming in to the first team, all the boys are really good with you. Playing in the B team prepares you for the more physical demands of what you need to do.

"I'm more prepared for coming up against the bigger guys, you are expecting to be hit from behind. You get the tactical stuff at Under-18s and academy level, but it is the physical side you need to be ready for."