Banks keen on Hearts stay
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hearts goalkeeper Steve Banks is keen on extending his stay in Edinburgh.Hearts goalkeeper Steve Banks is keen on extending his stay in Edinburgh, with speculation mounting with regards the club's regular number one Craig Gordon.
The well-travelled Banks, whose time in football has encompassed spells at West Ham, Gillingham, Blackpool, Stoke and MK Dons, is reluctant to move on again as his weighs up his non-playing options.
Banks is eager to remain at Hearts once his playing days are over and, with a year left on his existing deal, he is eager to have his future sorted as soon as possible.
"I have only a year left," he said. "I have moved my family up here because they have been down south for two years.
"It was a big step to move them up here and hopefully I see a big future up here.
"I would like to stay longer and progress in coaching."
Banks' current role at the club is as understudy to Gordon but with the highly-rated Scotland international purportedly being courted south of the border, it looks likely Banks, 35, could soon be seeing more playing time.
"I am not surprised about the speculation surrounding Craig," Banks added. "He has had a couple of great seasons.
"Whether he will be here or not I really don't know.
"I came to the club two seasons ago under no illusions why I was here. Craig was the number one and they needed someone with experience to go in and do a job when needed.
"If Craig is here another year then it might be another year like that for me. Craig and I are room-mates and are quite close so I will miss more than a team-mate if he goes.
"He is very level-headed and might just wait for the right opportunity to come."