Robbie Neilson continues to build his squad for the 2021/22 Premiership campaign with the addition of Alex Cochrane on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion.
The 21-year-old left-back has joined the Jambos on a season-long loan from the English Premier League side, subject to international clearance.
Capped for England U20s, Alex has first-team experience with the Seagulls and spent last season on loan at Belgian side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, where he played his part in helping them to the Belgian First Division B title.
Speaking to the Official Hearts Website about the move, manager Robbie said: “I’m delighted to get the deal done for Alex to join us for the season ahead.
“He’s a very highly-rated player with a good pedigree so I’m looking forward to working with him.
“He’ll provide competition in the left side of defence, and his arrival also gives us the flexibility to change formation should we need to.”
Sporting Director Joe Savage said: “We saw off competition from other clubs to get Alex’s signature so this deal is a bit of a coup for us.
“He’s experienced first-team football with Brighton and also spent a season playing abroad so we know he’s a talented player with bags of potential, and we believe he is the right fit for Hearts.
“Developing links with established Premier League sides like Brighton could be really important for us in the future, so I have to thank them for their assistance with this move.
“It’s been a long process to get this done but we are really excited to have Alex in the building.”