Swansea-bound Adam King today insisted the chance to move to the English Premier League was too good an opportunity to turn down.
The 18-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Welsh club and leaves the Jambos after seven years at Tynecastle.
"This is a great opportunity for me, the club is getting money at a difficult time so it works well for both parties," he said.
"I have been pleased to be part of things at Hearts for a number of years and it was tough to leave everything behind as I have really enjoyed myself.
"I have developed as a player at Hearts and I'd like to thank the gaffer, team-mates and the sports scientists who have all helped me. Darren Murray was also a big influence when he was at the club.
"Although it is difficult to leave behind so many close friends, this is an exciting challenge for me and one I'm really looking forward to."
He added: "There are a lot of talented young players coming through at Hearts and I'm sure there are good times ahead for the club. I'd like to wish the gaffer and the boys all the best."
Manager Gary Locke said: "I'd like to wish Adam well. It is an exciting prospect for him and a great opportunity."