Bobby Burns has revealed he chose Hearts ahead of other offers because of the club’s record of promoting young talent in the first-team.
The highly rated Northern Ireland U21 internationalist has joined Hearts for an undisclosed fee from NIFL Premiership side Glenavon, penning a three-year deal at Tynecastle.
Not short of suitors, the versatile left-sided player decided Hearts was the place for him after taking a look round the facilities on offer, and tracking the progress the club’s young stars in Craig Levein’s first team.
Speaking to HeartsTV, he said: “It’s every boys dream to become a professional footballer and it’s brilliant to do it at such a big club.
“I had options to go at 16 but I stayed to do my A Levels, and I had other options now but I wanted to come to Hearts because of the great record of playing young players and because of the good Northern Ireland connection.
“It’s a big club too and I think, having played senior football at Glenavon, I didn’t want to go to another club where I would’ve been playing development games.
“I want to come and take on the challenge of trying to get as many first-team games as a I can.
“The ambition is to stake a claim for a first-team place. It was the same at my previous club, Glenavon.
“As a young player it’s difficult to get into the team but I’m just going to give it everything I’ve got and see where it takes me.
“The good thing with Hearts is they’ve got a great record of playing young players so hopefully, if I can play well, I’ll get my opportunity.”
Bobby’s interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV.