The midfielder joined Hearts upon the expiry of his Sheffield Wednesday contract.

The former Sheffield Wednesday defender Jon Newsome has questioned how Sean Clare ended up at Hearts after leaving Hillsborough.

Clare broke into Wednesday’s first team in the second half of last season and was linked to a string of English Premier League and Championship clubs as his contract ran down.

But it took until early September for the 22-year-old – who at that point had failed to appear since March through injury – to find a new club in Hearts.

It was a move that raised plenty of eyebrows among Sheffield Wednesday supporters, especially after Clare claimed to have turned down interest from England’s top flight to sign for Craig Levein’s side.

And appearing as a guest on Alan Biggs’ Sheffield Live TV show this week, Newsome agreed that Clare could have done better than Hearts.

“I would have thought so,” he said. “I’m not privy to that decision that was made. But from the outside looking in, I would have thought that staying in England, re-signing for Sheffield Wednesday, you wonder how many games he would have played. He’d have been thrown in there, he could have easily got himself a good name.

“I think sometimes it’s easy to chase the dollar.”

Asked if Clare had indeed done that, Newsome added: “Maybe not for him, but maybe for his agent – I don’t know.”

The former Nike Academy player returned to fitness in mid-October, and has made six Hearts appearances – three as a starter.

Sheffield Wednesday – who according to the BBC received a six-figure fee from the Scottish side – turned to Tottenham Hotspur’s Josh Onomah to fill Clare’s shoes on loan.

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