First Team

Dario's delight

29th January 2016

Dario Zanatta's loving life at Tynecastle.

Dario Zanatta is the latest academy player to break into the Hearts first team and the young attacker admits he is loving life at Tynecastle.

The Canadian has made a number of appearances for Robbie Neilson’s side as of late, following a string of impressive performances for the U20s. He made his senior debut away to Partick Thistle in October and has featured regularly as a substitute ever since.

Speaking to Hearts TV ahead of Saturday’s trip to Inverness, Dario revealed he is delighted with how quickly he has progressed since joining the club last summer.

“It’s been a whirlwind so far. I spent most of my time with the U20s at the start of the season, but recently I’ve been involved with the first team and I’m over the moon about it.

“The boys constantly give me small pointers in training and I do a lot of video analysis work with Stevie Crawford, so it’s been a really good experience so far.”

Dario left his native Canada at a young age to pursue his dream of making a career out of football and is pleased to have been given the opportunity to do so with Hearts.

“I’ve always wanted to be a professional footballer and I just thought that coming to Europe would give me the best chance to achieve my goals. There are way more opportunities over here.

“When I came here on trial I instantly felt at home. The coaches and players made me feel really welcome and I felt that this was a place I wanted to come to.”

Having played the full second-half against Hamilton Accies last weekend, the youngster is now keen to get another run-out against ICT.

“I'm looking forward to Saturday. I’ve played against Inverness U20s up there so I know the conditions can be tricky, but hopefully I’ll be involved and help us get a win.”