Though your memory might indicate otherwise, Danny Wilson was indeed at one point a Liverpool player, and one whom many thought would be groomed to replace Daniel Agger as the years progressed. Young, left-footed, and good on the ball, Wilson was a player of some promise, and his relatively inexpensive move to Merseyside was seen as a step in the right direction. Unfortunately for the Scottish defender--who can still be classified as young, impossibly just 21 years old--the most frequent direction he headed was either out of the matchday squad or to the bench, and after a season on loan at Hearts, he'll be there on a permanent basis moving forward despite the club's financial struggles.
His move had been announced at the end of May, but with Hearts entering administration, his future was cast into doubt along with scores of other higher-profile squad members. Manager Gary Locke has been thankful to retain the services of a number of squad regulars who have accepted a pay decrease, and today Wilson joins their ranks in agreeing to reduced wages in order to remain in Edinburgh.
"I am really pleased. Danny was already due to be part of the team and the administration has made no difference to his status. I appreciate that there have been some difficult decisions made regarding player redundancies. But given that Danny has agreed to a wage cut and is happy to be playing for Hearts, this gives us an opportunity to improve the team for the forthcoming season so why wouldn't we jump at the chance to have him on our side?"
Wilson will no doubt find far more playing time at Hearts than he would have at Liverpool; he never quite caught on under three different managers, shuttling back and forth between left-back and central defense in a number of lower-key fixtures and failing to impress on a consistent basis, which is plenty understandable for a young player who was a member of four different teams (Liverpool, Blackpool, Bristol City, and Hearts) after signing in the summer of 2010.
It's goodbye (again) to Danny Wilson, and hopefully his time at Hearts sees him get more regular playing time and experience plenty of success in the future.