Driver available for selection

Tynecastle winger will always give his best if selected

Andrew Driver: Remains available for selection for the Tynecastle club

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Hearts winger Andrew Driver insists he is available for section and never stated he refused to play.

Driver was omitted from last weekend's matchday squad by manager Paulo Sergio, who believed he had made himself unavailable.

The 24-year-old has since submitted a transfer request, although he denies that means his commitment is now elsewhere.

Driver insists he remains available for selection and focused on winning a place in Hearts' starting XI.

"It is important for everyone to know that I have a contract with Heart of Midlothian for the next 18 months and will always give 100 per cent for my employer in training and on the field if selected," he told the club's official website.

"I can understand and fully respect the manager's reaction to misquoted media reports, but I must confirm neither I nor my representatives have ever stated that I do not want to play for the club and/or the management."

FIFA's article 17 is the Andy Webster ruling - named after Driver's Hearts team-mate - where a footballer can break their contract once a "protected period" has expired.

"I also note there are stories today regarding my use of FIFA article 17 to somehow accelerate my exit from the club. This is a complete media fabrication," he continued.

"I am an ambitious player and want to test myself at the highest level. However, my present focus is to try and achieve a starting position with Hearts."