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Academy to First Team

Shaun Want‘s appearance at Tynecastle on Saturday, coming on after just 18 minutes for the injured Dan Seaborne, made him the 7th player in recent seasons to have played for the club at every age level from 10 years old, all the way through to first team – u11s, u12s, u13s, u14s, u15s, u16s, u17s, u18s/u19s, u20s, 1st team.

The other players were Ziggy Gordon (now Partick Thistle), Craig Watson, Andy Ryan (now Airdrieonians), Greg Docherty, Ryan Finnie (now Annan Athletic), and Ronan Hughes.

Head of Youth George Cairns commented, “It was great to see Shaun come on for a deserved first team appearance. He has been with us since a young boy and has always conducted himself and trained well. He has played for all our academy teams, and like the other players before him, I look forward to his continued progression.”

Note – While James McCarthy and Stephen Hendrie didn’t appear at every youth age level for us (arriving at 14 and 12 respectively), they both made over 100 first team appearances for us whilst still teenagers, (and in McCarthy’s case by the time he was just 18), and are the only players to have achieved that for us.


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