Hearts announced today that the club has released Juho Makela.

The Finnish striker signed for Hearts in January 2006 from HJK Helsinki.

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He made 23 competitive appearances for the club scoring five goals including a hatrick against Alloa in the League Cup.

Juho's most memorable moment was his goal against Barcelona in front of a packed Murrayfield Stadium in a friendly with the Spanish giants in July 2007.

In the last two seasons Juho had loan spells with both FC Thun and HJK Helsinki.

He leaves Tynecastle with the best wishes of everyone.

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