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Home is where the Hearts is for Rafal

15th June 2017

New boy Rafal Grzelak hopes Hearts will become his home after joining "ambitious club".

Rafal Grzelak has revealed he’s joined Hearts because he feels that the club can be his home.

The 28-year-old defender has signed a two-year deal at Tynecastle, subject to international clearance, and he’s already impressed with what he’s seen so far.

Speaking to, Rafal said: “For me, it’s important that this club will be my home and I’m really excited to be here.

“I’ve had a really good impression from everybody that I’ve met here so far, and I’ve been told that the fans are fantastic.

“I always say that I play for the fans. When I hear the noise and cheering from the supporters, it motivates me.

“I am really looking forward to playing at Tynecastle in front of the Hearts fans.”

Having spent his career in his homeland of Poland, Rafal always wanted to ply his trade abroad. However, he insists that it had to be the right move and coming to Hearts was an attractive proposition.

“I’ve always wanted to go and play in another country, but I didn’t want to go abroad just for the sake of it,” he said. “I wanted to go and play for a good club.

“When I knew that I could come here then I was very happy to come.

“I am very happy to be here because it is a very good club. It’s a club that has big ambitions. I can’t wait for the start of the season.”

At 6ft 1” tall, Rafal believes he is perfectly suited for the rigours of the Scottish game, and counts his adaptability as one of his key aspects.

“My good features are that I am a strong player, who likes to tackle, and I prepare myself well for the physical side of the game,” he stated. “But I am also very calm on the ball.

“I can play in defence, both in the centre and on the left, and I can also play in the centre of midfield.”