Zaliukas hoping for contract news

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Marius Zaliukas is hoping to resolve his Hearts future

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Marius Zaliukas is hoping to resolve his Hearts future

Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas is keen for talks on a new contract to begin as he ponders his future after the end of the season.

Other experienced players were not offered deals this summer as Hearts slashed their wage budget and the Lithuania defender admits the issue might become a concern.

"It is quiet and I don`t know what`s going to happen but I am trying to focus on my football and not think about it," said Zaliukas.

"I am not like a 20 or 22 years old that I shouldn`t be worried. I`m getting to 29 soon and it is going to be a headache later on.

"I have been here six years and it has been up and down but basically I am happy. I am open to talks and probably they are going to be soon."

The centre-back`s confession came after the agent of Ryan McGowan declared his dissatisfaction with talks over a contract extension for his client, who turned down a move to Rangers last month and would be free to talk to other teams in January.

Manager John McGlynn admits the wage restraints could have a further influence on squad building.

McGlynn said: "Hearts are having to cut back. In certain situations people are not going to get what they were 18 months ago and not getting the contracts they might have got previously.

"We have to get back to break-even. That will maybe determine certain issues with certain players in the future."

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