Craig Levein has American dream of snapping up U.S. talent as Hearts team up with Albion Hurricanes


CRAIG LEVEIN hopes Hearts can snap up top talent from the United States after announcing a link-up with Albion Hurricanes (AHFC).

The side, which is based in Houston, Texas, boasts more than 3000 players and hope to reap the rewards of the Jambos’ expertise in developing youngsters through their academy.

The relationship is part of Hearts’ Global Youth Partnership programme, a scheme designed to share knowledge between the clubs – as well as affording the Scottish side an opportunity scout promising players and pursue new sponsorship opportunities.

Utah outfit Forza FC also signed up to the venture last December.

Hearts boss Craig Levein said: “These partnerships directly benefit the North American clubs through the sharing of ideas and experiences and I am really pleased to have AHFC on board.

CRAIG LEVEIN at a press conference

“For us, though, it is far more than a backroom collaboration, it opens up a new geography for us in terms of identifying talent that is being developed at these clubs.”

Hearts owner Ann Budge told Hearts’ official website: “Youth development is a fundamental part of Hearts philosophy. We are delighted that Albion has joined our Global Youth Partner Programme.

“Their professional set up, inclusivity and player focused environment make them a great fit for our programme. We very much look forward to working with them.”