Striker Craig Beattie hopes to agree new contract at Hearts

Striker Craig Beattie plans to hold contract talks with Hearts to extend his stay at Tynecastle.

Beattie signed a short-term deal in February after being released by English Premier League outfit Swansea.

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The affinity I feel I have now with the fans and the club, it's been tremendous

Craig Beattie

"Listen, I've had a great time," he told BBC Scotland. "The fans have taken to me like you wouldn't believe.

"I'm going to sit down over the next couple of weeks and see what offers are there. I'll certainly speak to Hearts."

The 28-year-old, who has seven Scotland caps, joined Swansea for a then-record fee of £800,000 from West Brom in 2009.

And after being released by the Welsh club, he rejected an offer from Kilmarnock and instead opted for a switch to Tynecastle.

"When I joined the club a few months ago I looked at the platform of playing some games and the opportunities that could arise," said Beattie.

"It couldn't have gone any better for me. The affinity I feel I have now with the fans and the club, it's been tremendous.

"The fans have taken to me like you wouldn't believe. I'm going to sit down now over the next couple of weeks and see what offers are there.

"I'm certainly going to speak to Hearts. As far as the manager (Paulo Sergio) is concerned, he's been fantastic with me since I've walked through the door.

"I hadn't played a lot of football and he chucked me in and I've done really well for him."