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Robin Gnagne extends contract at Hearts

BY: Chris Nunoo
Robin Gnagne - Hearts

Accra Hearts of Oak’s dependable defender, Robin Gnagne, has been offered an additional one year contract to extend his stay at the club for two more seasons.

The Ivorian international, who still has a year on his contract with the rainbow club, nearly fell out just before the climax of this season’s league until the two parties agreed on the extension with all the financial attachments.

A reliable club source told the Graphic Sports yesterday that, “Gnagne and his manager have agreed on the financial terms, as well as the one-year contract extension and so come Tuesday (tomorrow) he will come and sign”.

According to the source, Hearts of Oak have been meeting since last Friday to finalise decisions on the number of players whose contracts with the club has run out, while looking at the future of some other players who will be allowed to stay.

The source mentioned the likes of goalkeeper Seidu Mutawakilu, defender Owusu Bempah and fowards Foovi Aguidi, Selassie Adjei and Paul Acquah.

“For now, these are the players we are releasing. We will still meet to know the rest who will be joining them,” the Hearts source added.

The former Africa Club Champions have for the past six years been struggling to win the Ghana Premier League but have not fared well season after season culminating in a number of team overhauls.

The source said management was still looking at the issues and would take a definite position by the close of the week.

Hearts had high hopes this season following the arrival of their Americo-Japanese coach, Kenichi Yatsuhashi, but Kenichi was axed by the club midway through the season, thus changing the fortunes of the club.

However, the club ended the season in third position with 48 points, two points ahead of arch rivals, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, who placed fourth.