First Team

Berra's back

23rd May 2017

Christophe Berra signs three-year deal with Hearts.

Ian Cathro has made his first summer signing with the capture of Christophe Berra who has today signed a pre-contract.

The hugely experienced Scotland international has agreed a three-year deal which will see him rejoin the club where he first made a name for himself.

Centre-half Christophe made the breakthrough at Hearts as an 18-year-old back in 2003, and by 2006 had firmly established himself as a first-team regular.

He was named among the substitutes when the Jambos lifted the Scottish Cup in 2006 and was appointed club captain the following year.

The Edinburgh lad gained his first of 35 Scotland caps in a 2008 3-1 friendly defeat to Czech Republic and went on to make 146 competitive appearances for Hearts before making the move south to then Championship outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2009.

He helped Wolves gain promotion to the Premier League and was a mainstay of the side that spent three seasons in the English top flight.

A move to Ipswich Town in July 2013 saw Christophe link up again with former Wolves manager Mick McCarthy, and the 32-year-old returns north of the border today having made over 300 appearances in England’s Premier League and Championship.