Aidan Denholm has signed a new contract at Hearts.

The academy graduate has put pen to paper on a new three-year deal that will see the teenager stay put in Gorgie until the summer of 2026.

The 19-year-old has caught the eye upon his promotion to the first team this season under Steven Naismith, whom he worked closely with in the B team.

The midfielder spent time out on loan at East Fife last term to build up first-team experience too.

Denholm only just signed a contract extension for this season in May, but has now agreed to commit his long-term future to the club.

He made an impression on the coaching staff during pre-season and began featuring in matchday squads.

A substitute appearance against Rosenborg on Norwegian soil in Europa Conference League qualifying followed, before a Premiership debut three days later when Kilmarnock came to town.

With seven top team appearances to date, his future now lies firmly at Tynecastle and head coach Naismith hopes that the dynamic player will continue to kick on. 

“We’ve been really happy with Aidan’s development since we came in," the head coach told the official Hearts website. “I worked closely with him during our time together in the B Team and his potential was evident. What he’s done since is worked hard and learned from the coaches and his teammates and that, together with his talent, has got him to this point.

“It’s been a big few months for Aidan and, knowing his character, he’ll strive to improve week by week to be as successful as he can be at Hearts.”

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Sporting Director Joe Savage said: “We’re delighted to get Aidan’s future sorted out. 

“From speaking to the coaching staff it’s clear that Aidan’s made a big impression since coming into the first-team picture so he’s thoroughly earned this new deal.

“The work to build a pathway from Academy to first-team never stops but Aidan is proof that the opportunities are there for those that really want it.

“New contracts are high on the agenda and with Aidan’s and Cammy’s option being taken up last week it shows that we’re on the right track.”