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Gary Locke (Scottish footballer)

Personal information
Full nameGary Locke
Date of birth16 June 1975(age 41)
Place of birthEdinburgh, Scotland
Height1.78 m
Playing positionDefensive midfielder
Club information
Current clubHeart of Midlothian (coach)

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Gary Locke (born 16 June 1975 in Edinburgh) is a former Scottish professional footballer who last played for Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League. He is currently first team coach at Hearts.

Locke, a midfielder, went to Lasswade Primary and High School in Bonnyrigg and started his career at Hearts.

Locke picked up 10 caps for Scotland U21s while at Hearts. Injuries were a major problem throughout Locke's career and while he was club captain when Hearts won the 1998 Scottish Cup, he did not play in the final due to injury.

Locke played under former Hearts manager Jim Jefferies at all of his clubs. He retired aged 34, at the end of the 2008/2009 season. The former captain was in line to join the Kilmarnock's backroom staff but the collapse of Setanta led to reduced TV income for SPL clubs and Kilmarnock decided they could not offer Locke a position.

After Jim Jefferies was appointed Hearts manager for the second time on 29 January 2010, Gary Locke (along with Billy Brown) were named as "guest" backroom staff for Jefferies' first game in charge against St. Johnstone. It was subsequently announced on the 12th of February 2010 that both had joined Hearts, Locke in the position of First Team Coach.

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