Sean Clare has revealed he turned down offers from the English top flight to pen a three-year deal with Hearts.
The 21-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday man today became Craig Levein’s latest addition and will wear the coveted no.9 jersey.
He admits he was blown away by what was on offer when he visited the club and believes Hearts is the perfect place for him to continue his development.
Speaking to HeartsTV, Sean said: “I’m buzzing to be here. I’m really happy to get it done and I’m looking forward to what’s to come.
“There has been interest from England in the Premier League and the Championship.
“I really took my time on the decision, but even before I came up I knew that Hearts was a massive club and you’ve got really passionate fans and a great fanbase, people who you want to play for so that really attracted me to come up.
“When I did come up and see the manager and Austin they showed me around the facilities, the stadium, and the training ground which is unbelievable.
“They showed me around the more historic parts of the ground, like the memorial garden, and it just really grabbed me.
“There are great facilities to develop and management that really want to push young players and make them better.”
The midfielder has forged a reputation as an attacking threat, enjoying loan spells at Bury, Accrington Stanley and Gillingham before making the breakthrough at Hillsborough.
He hopes to be able to light up Tynecastle with his displays and give the Hearts support even more reasons to cheer.
“I’m athletic, energetic, I love being on the ball and I love being able to dribble but moving it when I need to,” he said. “Goals, assists…someone who’s quite exciting for the fans to watch, I’m feel.
“It can be quite fun to watch me when I’m in full flow, but someone who will always give 100% and has passion to win games, win trophies, win leagues and give everything for the team, the fans and the people managing me.”
Sean’s interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.