First Team

In it for the long run

25th September 2015

New boy looking to impress in order to seal long term deal.

New boy Arnaud Djoum has revealed he is desperate to prove himself at Hearts in order to extend his stay beyond January.

Having spent the past few years playing in countries such as Holland, Poland and Turkey, the midfielder is keen to settle down and establish himself at Tynecastle. His current deal expires in January, but the Belgian hopes his performances will convince Robbie Neilson to extend his stay in Gorgie.

“I wanted to go to a football country like Scotland and when Hearts came in for me I was very pleased," Arnaud told the media on Friday.

“I’m looking for a place where I can be stable, I’ve moved around a lot and I’ve reached a stage in my career where I require stability.

“I had a good discussion with Robbie, we want the same things and stability is something we’re both looking for. We also talked about goals and establishing ourselves in the top six is obviously the main focus.

“I’ll now look to work hard with a view to staying here longer than January. I’ve been very impressed with the facilities, the coaches and players here, so that is my goal."

Arnaud, who will wear the number 16 jersey, could get his first taste of action this Saturday when Hearts travel to Celtic and the midfielder insists he’ll be ready if called upon.

“I need some time to get my fitness up, but I aim to be ready to start a game within the next few weeks. I’m ready to come off the bench and I think Hearts’ style of football is very much suited to me.”