Kyosuke Tagawa says he's excited for the future at Hearts after putting pen to paper a three-year deal with the club from FC Tokyo.
The Japanese forward, who joins off the back of a successful four years in the Japanese capital, is looking forward to the challenge of a new club, new country, and new league as he joins Frankie McAvoy's squad ahead of the 2023/24 season.
Speaking to the Official Hearts Website, he said: "I’m very excited to be joining Hearts. My first days have been good, I got to see the stadium which was really impressive. I’ve heard all about the passion of the Hearts fans and I’m looking forward to playing games and getting started.
“I first heard of Hearts’ interest a few weeks ago. First of all, it’s always great to hear that a club wants me but especially when I found out it was Hearts who are such a big club with a fantastic history."
The 24-year-old, who holds two senior caps for Japan, says the chance to test himself in fresh surroundings played a key role in his decision to call Edinburgh home for the next four years.
Moving to a new country presents challenges, but Kyosuke knows he can lean on fellow countryman Yutaro Oda's advice on settling into life in a maroon jersey.
“Of course, it’s good to know that there’s another Japanese player here in Yutaro Oda," he continued. "I expect to be going to him for a lot of advice. Not just on the pitch when I’m playing but also away from the field as well. I’m keen to keep lifting the barrier for Japanese players as well with Yutaro.
“I’m feeling good, I’ve been training in the lead up to coming to Hearts. I can’t wait to get started and experience what Scottish football has to offer."