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Wilson juggling Hearts ambitions with school commitments

How do you balance your attempts to break into the Hearts first team and pass Advanced Higher PE?

That's the prospect facing James Wilson this season. Not that it seems to bother him.

The 17-year-old striker is fresh off scoring bucket loads of goals for the Tyencastle club's B team in the Lowland League.

While finding the back of the net is always at the forefront of Wilson's mind, he has also got to juggle academic commitments for another year.

"It's tough," he told club media. "On my day going into school - it's nice going to see my friends but going home after training, I'm having to work with a tutor.

"I have to sit myself down and do two hours' work. You do enjoy it and get some time off to see friends. It's good going into school.

"Hopefully I get the results that I want at the end of this year. I'm doing Advanced Higher PE. I'll find that tough I think, but it'll be good for me."

Wilson is hoping to emulate the likes of Aidan Denholm and Macauley Tait in going from academy graduate to regular member of Steven Naismith's matchday squads.

"I think we've got a good group," he added. "The club itself prepares you quite well. It's been an easy transition, all the boys are really good with you.

"Obviously I want to score my first goal. I want to get on the pitch and get as many minutes as possible. That's down to me in training.

"I want to hear the crowd after I score a goal. If I can get a goal early on this season, it'll give me a lift."