Hearts midfielder Don Cowie signs new one year extension

Hearts midfielder Don Cowie has signed a new one year contract extension with the Edinburgh club until the summer of 2019.

The 34-year-old signed for the Tynecastle side in January 2016, making 57 appearances and scoring four goals.

Speaking after signing his new deal, Cowie said: "It's a great feeling that the club feel the need to extend my contract.

The Hearts vice-captain admitted that 2017 had been "a tough time" but one that he had enjoyed.

"I've loved it, loved every minute," he said. "I've played a lot of football and that was the reason I came to the club. At my age you just take it as it goes, try and play as much as you can and see what happens.

"But the fact the club wanted to reward me with a new contract and extend it, it's a real boost for me, a compliment that they feel at this stage of my career. And I can only thank them and say how grateful I am to Ann Budge and Craig Levein.

"We are going through a transitional period at the club and once they decide what they want to do we will look forward.

"We need to be challenging in those top four places, we need to be getting to the latter stages of cups and hopefully in that time we can qualify for Europe or win a cup final.

"That's why I came to the club, that's what enticed me to come here and I want to sample that."

Cowie had spells with Ross County, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Watford, Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic before signing for the Jambos.