First team

Fulton joins the Jambos

19 June 2024

Heart of Midlothian have completed the signing of goalkeeper Ryan Fulton, subject to Scottish FA approval.


The experienced shot-stopper joins the Jambos as a free agent, penning a two-year deal.


With significant experience playing on both sides of the border, the 28-year-old arrives at Tynecastle to bolster the goalkeeping department and provide competition for Zander Clark and Craig Gordon.


Ryan came through the youth system at Liverpool, spending time on loan at Portsmouth and Chesterfield before making a permanent move to Scotland with Hamilton Accies in 2017.


He soon claimed the number one jersey at New Douglas Park, with a career highlight coming in 2023 as he kept a clean sheet in the final of Hamilton's SPFL Trust Trophy triumph over Raith Rovers.


Although that campaign ended in relegation, Ryan played his part the following season as Accies clinched an immediate return to the Championship with promotion via the play-offs - defeating Inverness Caley Thistle 5-3 on aggregate.


Ryan has also been capped at youth level for Scotland, picking up 11 caps for the U21s, he kept a clean sheet in a memorable 2-0 win over the Netherlands in 2017.


After seven years at New Douglas Park, Ryan's contract came to an end this summer and he’ll now call Hearts his home as the Jambos gear up for a busy domestic and European campaign.


Speaking to the Official Hearts Website, Head Coach Steven Naismith said: “Ryan is a great professional and will fit in really well in the dressing room.


“He knows the Scottish game inside out having spent seven years up here and has played in the top flight.


“When you consider he came through the ranks at Liverpool and has played down south and for Scotland U21s, then it gives you a picture of the wealth of experience he has.


“Ryan’s not coming in to just make up the numbers. He’s a driven and determined guy who wants to push himself as far as he can, so to have him working alongside Craig Gordon and Zander Clark is going to be a big positive for the club.


“What this also allows us to do is give our younger goalkeeping prospects, who we rate very highly, the opportunity to go out on loan and gain more first team minutes.”