Colin Doyle sought advice from two former Jambos before becoming Hearts’ latest signing.
The big goalkeeper penned a two-year deal this afternoon and was able to call upon some maroon connections at his former club Bradford City before deciding Tynecastle was the right place for him.
Speaking to HeartsTV, Colin said: “I spoke to Banksy – Steve Banks - the goalkeeping coach.
“He’s been here as well, and I spoke to Kenny Black, who was assistant to Stuart McCall when he was down at Bradford.
“They had only good things to say about here and how I’d really enjoy it up here.
“Once I came up it was an easy decision. I’m looking forward to it.”
Colin becomes the third goalkeeper to join Hearts this summer, after Zdenek Zlamal and Kevin Silva both arrived in Gorgie.
The Republic of Ireland internationalist insists competition for places is a good thing as it prevents complacency, and he’s looking forward to staking a claim for the No.1 jersey.
“It can only bring the best out of you,” he said. “That’s what you want; you want to be tested.
“You want competition for places. You don’t want to think you’re coming as a number one and you’re in the team for the whole season and you’re not at threat of losing.
“Having good competition, you need to work hard every day, whether it’s at training or in matches, you’ve got to impress.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge and I’ll hopefully do well.”
Colin’s interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV.