Lawrence Shankland pencils fresh Hearts contract talks as transfer decision looms this summer

Lawrence Shankland was crowned Hearts POTY on Sunday night
Lawrence Shankland was crowned Hearts POTY on Sunday night -Credit:SNS Group

Lawrence Shankland has revealed he'll hold fresh talks with Hearts over his future this summer.

The Jambos captain has been nominated for PFA Scotland Player of the Year following a stunning season which has seen him plunder 28 goals. Shanks is well clear in the race to be Premiership top goalscorer with 21 league goals and his red-hot form will almost certainly see him included in Scotland's Euro 2024 squad.

However, with just a year left on his Tynecastle deal, Hearts will be braced for summer interest in their biggest asset. And Shankland himself admits he could have a massive decision to make during the close season.

"Conversations will probably be had in the summer," he said. "I am getting into the last year of my contract at Hearts and there is always speculation at those times.

"There will come a time when conversations need to be had but for now everything is still running smoothly. I am comfortable with the position, the club are the same, so we will see what the summer brings.

"As it is now, the contract talks have stopped. They stopped in January. We had a conversation and we just decided we would move on and reassess it in the summer. That's where it is at and everybody is comfortable with it.

"I am (relaxed about it). I have had conversations with the manager and everybody is open about the situation. There will come a time where the conversation will need to be had again but until then we will just let it lie."

When asked if transfer speculation in January was hard to deal with, Shankland said: "It wasn't that tough to be honest. It's just noise and I just solely focus on my football. That's something I have always done. Speculation is there and it's a sign you are doing your job well at your club."