Andy Halliday has revealed he pledged his future to Hearts after being sold on Robbie Neilson’s vision for the club.
The hugely experienced midfielder penned a two-year deal at Tynecastle yesterday and will wear the No. 16 jersey for the Jambos this season.
Having faced the men in maroon many times before, he’s well aware of what Hearts is all about. A chat with the manager about his long-term ambitions for the club helped the 28-year-old make up his mind that his Gorgie was where he future lay and he’s already looking forward to running out onto the Tynecastle pitch as a home player.
Speaking to Hearts TV, Andy said: “First and foremost it’s a big club. They’re obviously in an unfortunate position where they probably shouldn’t be.
“I had the privilege to talk to the manger three weeks ago and I loved his ideas and his ambition for the club moving forward.
“You look at the squad and it’s still a fantastic squad and they’ve still got a lot of top quality players here that I’d be happy to play with and call teammates hereon in.
“I’ve said before that my favourite away stadium to play at has always been Tynecastle. I’ve mentioned it a couple of times and I’ll enjoy being the home player for once and playing under the fans when hopefully they get into the stadium as soon as possible.
“It ticked many of the boxes and like I said I’m just delighted to get it over the line and get back to playing football again.
“The immediate goal is to get Hearts back into the top flight at the first time of asking. It’s a challenge we’re all looking forward to but it’s a challenge I’m more than confident we can achieve.”
Andy’s interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV now by clicking here.