Hearts captain Steven Naismith has voluntarily taken a 50% wage cut in order to help save jobs at his club amid the effects of recent events.
According to BBC Sport, the Scottish Premiership side risks a huge plummet in revenue due to the financial impact of current affairs. Owner Ann Budge claims that Hearts could be looking at a £1million loss if things continue the way they are.
Naismith has agreed to the pay cut in order to help support the club through this difficult time, commenting that football has ‘been very good’ to him and his family over the years.
The ex-Evertonian left the Merseyside outfit in 2016 when he joined Norwich City for a £9.9million fee. After two years with the Canaries, Naismith went out on loan to Hearts before eventually joining on a free transfer last year (via Transfermarkt).
Blues fans are brimming with pride over their ex-striker’s selfless gesture, with one supporter branding the 33-year-old ‘impeccable’, whilst another has said the club ‘sold him far too soon’.
Just an all round decent bloke, we sold him far too soon. Well done sir…
— Barrie Gannon (@barrie8738) March 22, 2020
What a gesture from a great fella, loved this lad at us, one of my all time favourites, his attitude was impeccable 💙⚽️💙 pic.twitter.com/WIPHzaVTE2
— Paul Catterall (@BigPcat) March 22, 2020
The man had style and class on and off the pitch. Always thought about people at the other end of the ladder. Will always remember the work/time/money he donated to the people on the streets of Liverpool. His Ma & Pa must have been special.
— Lawrence Nesbit (@LPDN1of7) March 22, 2020
— ThePowerPig (@ThePowerPig2) March 22, 2020
Extremely underrated player – always loved Naisy and clearly a lovely man. Well in lad
— Anthony Mckeever (@AnthonyMckeeve7) March 22, 2020
Boss lad him should still be with us
— keithevers (@eveoblue) March 22, 2020
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