Kiomourtzoglou completes Jambos move

28 August 2022

The 24-year-old joins the Jambos – subject to international clearance and visa approval – on a three-year-deal for an undisclosed fee.

A former Germany U21 international, Orestis cuts an imposing figure in the middle of the park at 6’2” tall.

Born in Munich, he made his way through German outfit SpVgg Unterhaching’s youth system before making his senior debut in 2015.

He would go on to help SpVgg to the Regionalliga Bayern league title in 2016/17 and make a total of 110 first team appearances, scoring 15 goals, before the Netherlands came calling in 2019 and he moved to Heracles.

Orestis would spend three seasons in the Dutch top flight until Heracles’ relegation at the end of last season via the play-offs, featuring 82 times and scoring five goals.

He’ll now begin the next chapter of his career at Tynecastle Park and speaking to the Official Hearts Website, manager Robbie Neilson said: “I’m delighted we’ve managed to get Orestis in on a permanent deal.

“He’s one we’ve had our eye on for a while so to be able to bring him here ahead of the window closing is great news.

“He’ll bring a real presence to our midfield and his style of play will be well suited to the system we implement here.

“We’re building a squad capable of challenging on two fronts – domestically and in Europe – and to have Orestis be a part of it is a big plus.”

Sporting Director Joe Savage said: “We’ve made no secret of our ambitions to supplement our squad but it’s always been about quality over quantity and we’ve got that in Orestis.

“Our recruitment department, lead by Will Lancefield, do a fantastic job in sourcing potential targets and they identified Orestis some time ago as someone who could come in and improve the team.

“We’ve had to be patient to get him in but we’re all really happy that he’s going to be pulling on the maroon jersey and once again I have to give my thanks to the board of directors for their faith and backing in us to take this club to the next level.”