Berra reveals Hearts burden
Defender happy to focus on football
Last Updated: February 10, 2009 10:01am
Berra in action for Wolves
Wolves new boy Christophe Berra has admitted captaining Hearts was a burden for him.
The 24-year-old left Tynecastle for Molineux during the January transfer window and he is relishing the prospect of plying his trade at the Championship club.
Berra was made skipper at Hearts 18 months ago following Craig Gordon's departure to Sunderland, and the highly-rated defender concedes the responsibility of being captain was hard to come to terms with.
"I had a lot of ups and downs to deal with but I feel I have come through it a stronger person," Berra told the Daily Record.
"I think it will do me a lot of good in terms of my character. There are not many people who will have dealt with the things I've dealt with at Hearts and you learn from mistakes.
"I was 22 when they made me captain and the situation at the club got a lot worse after the likes of Steven Pressley, Paul Hartley and Craig left. There were times I thought, 'Should I have taken this on?' But I had the armband at a big club and that helped me take a lot of responsibility. It made me a stronger person.
Uncertainty"Last season, the off-field stuff damaged us as a team. There was uncertainty over the management and coaching and it all had an effect.
"Csaba Laszlo has come in and organised the boys and look how much better Hearts have done. I hope they get a European place but sometimes it does feel like a weight off my shoulders.
"I am not captain at Wolves, so I can focus on my own job. I don't have to go to the manager's office after training to sort stuff out."