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Wallace wins young player award


Media conference: Hearts left-back Lee Wallace

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo has suggested an alarm clock may be a more suitable trophy for Lee Wallace, named young player of the month for February.

Wallace, 21, received his award from the Clydesdale Bank for his displays as Hearts consolidated third place in the Scottish Premier League.

But, after Wallace turned up late for training, Laszlo joked: "For his birthday I'll get him an alarm clock.

"But this is OK - in the game he does not sleep, only at home."

Wallace was prominent as Hearts remained unbeaten in their three league games last month.

While the Tynecastle side were held to a draw at home by in-form St Mirren, they beat Aberdeen and Dundee United.

They defeated Motherwell in their first SPL game of March and are now five points clear of fourth-placed Dundee United.

We have a lot of young players and that is good for Scottish football

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo

Hearts' only setback during February was a 1-0 defeat by Falkirk in the Scottish Cup.

Laszlo is pleased with the progress being made by left-back Wallace but argues that he has much to learn.

"I am not always satisfied with Lee Wallace, but this is normal," said the Hungarian.

"If you would like to improve, you need to have someone behind you who will push you.

Hearts defender Lee Wallace
Wallace helped Hearts consolidate third spot in the SPL

"I told Lee Wallace that one day he can play for the national side and I am happy about his development."

Evidently proud that the Hearts academy is producing a series of players capable of making it into the first-team squad, Laszlo added: "It is not only Lee Wallace: we can talk about Andy Driver, Eggert Jonsson and Gary Glen.

"We have a lot of young players and that is good for Scottish football."

Meanwhile, Hearts have confirmed the appointment of Vitalijus Vasiliauskas to the Scottish Premier League club's board.

The Lithuanian businessman, who is also projects manager with Hearts' bankers UBIG, will be responsible for the redevelopment of Tynecastle Stadium.

He has previous experience as director general of an interational arena and a waterpark in Lithuania.

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