By Hearts News in Il Ciocco

Icelandic international defender Kari Arnason has joined Hearts for their week-long training camp in Italy.


The centre back is a free agent after leaving Plymouth Argyle in the summer and boss Jim Jefferies is looking forward to running the rule over the imposing stopper during the stay in Tuscany.

"Eggert Jonsson knows him and he comes well recommended by the likes of John Blackley," said the boss, who arrived in Italy yesterday evening. "The owner has been good enough to allow us to bring him over and we'll have a close look at him over the next seven days. His situation with Plymouth means he is available as a free agent so it's worth having a look."

Kari began his career in his native country with Vikingur and he spent five years there before moving on to Sweden with Djurgarden.

He remained in Scandinavia after leaving Sweden, joining Danish side AGF Aarhus and also spent a short loan spell with Esbjerg.

The 28-year-old joined Plymouth Argyle in 2009 and made 72 appearances for the Pilgrims, scoring three goals.

Kari is an international team-mate of Eggert, winning 17 caps to date, finding the net once, although there will be no reunion at Il Ciocco as the Hearts star has been given a two-week break by JJ following his exertions in the U21 European Championship Finals.

Remember, Hearts.TV and Hearts News are the only places to get all the latest news from the Jambos' training camp in the hills of Tuscany. 

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