Liam Boyce has signed a new contract at Hearts until the summer of 2025.

The Northern Ireland striker has retained his place in the first-team picture as an integral player following a lengthy layoff with injury in recent years.

The number of appearances he's made this season has triggered a year’s option in his deal, meaning the 32-year-old will continue to pull on the maroon jersey for the next 18 months.

The forward joined Hearts nearly four years ago and has gone on to feature 107 times, scoring 36 goals.

Steven Naismith said: “Boycie’s experience is invaluable inside the dressing room and we’re all delighted that he’s going to be here for a further year.

“I know from experience how difficult it is to return from a long-term injury but he has taken everything in his stride and you can see when he’s out on the pitch that it’s not affected him, he’s a quality player.

“Competition for places is fierce and having top talent like Boycie challenging for a spot only helps push standards even higher.”

Sporting director Joe Savage has teased fans to 'watch this space' following the announcement of Boyce's new deal.

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Savage said: “Boycie’s contract extension is great news and a testament to his drive and determination.

“Our plan was always to give him the time he needed to come back feeling fit and then reintegrate him into the first team scene. There was never any pressure, it was about making sure Boycie had the best chance to get back to the level he’s capable of.

“I think everybody can see he’s achieved that. He’s an influential player on and off the pitch so for him to trigger his contract extension is pleasing for everyone.

“There’s been lots of positivity around the club recently thanks to the first team’s winning run, moving up to third in the league and also Steven and Lawrence Shankland’s awards. Boycie’s contract extension adds to it and we’re hopeful of sorting out a few more, so watch this space.”