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Conor Washington: Hearts boss Craig Levein is the man to get me back to my best

 

Conor Washington
Conor Washington

By Graham Luney

Northern Ireland striker Conor Washington is confident he can breathe fresh life into his career after agreeing a two-year deal with Hearts.

The 27-year-old, who scored in the 2-1 Euro 2020 qualifying win in Estonia, is keen to get back on the goal trail at club level following his release by Sheffield United.

Washington will link up with his international team-mate Michael Smith as well as Northern Ireland Under-21 star Bobby Burns at the Jambos.

Northern Ireland and Hearts coach Austin MacPhee was instrumental in persuading the frontman to take the No.9 jersey for Craig Levein's side.

"I'm hoping a fresh start and working under a manager who believes in what I can do will see me reap the benefits," said Washington.

"As soon as Austin suggested it (coming to Hearts), I went to my agent and did a bit of background research and it just seems like an absolutely perfect fit, especially to work under the manager and with Austin as well.

"It's been a tough few years for me, personally. I think last year I played about a combined 600 minutes of football at club level which is just not enough for the player that I am.

"I've never been one to just sit on a wage. The path I've had into the game doesn't really allow for that.

"I want to be playing every minute of every game, scoring goals and hopefully I'll get the chance to do that."

A former Peterborough and Queens Park Rangers player, Washington has made 20 appearances for Northern Ireland, scoring four goals.

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