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Hearts players become free agents

Saulius Mikoliunas and Deividas Cesnauskis
Saulius Mikoliunas and Deividas Cesnauskis are now both without a club

Lithuanian midfielders Saulius Mikoliunas and Deividas Cesnauskis have been released by Hearts and FBK Kaunas.

The duo were on loan at Tynecastle from Kaunas and the Lithuanian club have cancelled the players' contracts.

"Both players have already returned to Lithuania," a Hearts spokesman told the Edinburgh club's official website.

"We cannot allow the personal desires of people outside the club, such as agents, to disrupt the excellent progress our team is making."

Mikoliunas has started just seven out of a possible 36 games for Hearts this season, while Cesnauskis has started only three.

It is most unlikely that either Mikoliunas or Cesnauskis will appear again for Heart of Midlothian Football Club

Hearts spokesman

The Hearts spokesman said: "It is quite evident to us that the players' will to play for Hearts dropped due to the influence of agents, who put their own interests ahead of Hearts and the squad.

"In these circumstances we expect players to be much stronger as professional footballers."

The club criticised the role of agents in the duo's exit from Tynecastle.

"Their actions - usually trying to lure the players with ungrounded promises and increasing expectations in order to benefit financially for themselves - are heavily damaging to the team and the club, while putting players' careers at risk," the spokesman said.

"As a result, it is most unlikely that either Mikoliunas or Cesnauskis will appear again for Heart of Midlothian Football Club and we shall pursue such a policy for the future in order to protect the club and make it a success financially and on the field."

Both players joined Hearts in 2005 and helped the capital club win the Scottish Cup the following year.

Meanwhile, Hearts have signed 16-year-old Clyde forward Jordan Morton.



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