360 Sports client and Hearts youngster Harry Cochrane admits he can’t believe the impact he’s made at Tynecastle already in his young career – but he won’t be letting the success go to his head.
Cochrane has played for the Jambos first-team on seven occasions so far this campaign and at just 16-years-old is being tipped by many within the Scottish game for the big time.
But the modest teenager simply says he’s ‘living the dream’ and won’t be getting carried away.
He said: “Hearts keep us grounded and disciplined and make sure there is no chance we’ll get too cocky or anything like that. I’m not going to go up and slag Aaron Hughes anytime soon!
“But it’s amazing to be a part of things, it’s what you dream of – to get that opportunity to play in the first team and show what you can do. The manager is willing to do that and it has definitely come a lot sooner that I thought; I didn’t imagine I would be playing for Hearts at 16, but I’m determined to take my chance.
“The toughest part has been the physicality. It is tough to compete with some of the bigger boys in this league. You are facing huge guys and you think ‘woah?’ Did you see the size of Soufien Moussa on Tuesday night? I was thinking ‘he’s about double the size of me’.
“Thankfully, I didn’t get in many battles with him. But that’s the case sometimes and you just need to take the hit, be brave and bounce back”.
Blog by Mark Hendry for 360 Sports Consultancy