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James joins the revival

13th June 2014

Former Hamilton striker pens two-year deal with Jambos as club steps up its recruitment drive.

Former Hamilton striker James Keatings has become Hearts' second new signing in as many days after agreeing a two-year deal.

Head coach Robbie Neilson made ex-Dundee United star Morgaro Gomis his first capture since the lifting of the transfer embargo yesterday and the 22-year-old has now also pledged his future to the Tynecastle club.

The striker smashed 15 goals for the Accies last season as they won promotion to the Scottish Premiership, Alex Neil's side defeating Hibs in the play-off.

The striker, who began his career at Celtic, has signed until the summer of 2016, and Robbie is delighted to have him on board for the new campaign.

Speaking exclusively to Hearts News this afternoon, the head coach said: "I've known him for a number of years and watched him at Celtic where he scored a lot of goals in the youth teams and U20s.

"The pleasing thing with James is that he had the opportunity to stay at Celtic a year ago, but because he didn't see a pathway for himself he decided to take the opportunity to leave and go to Hamilton.

"He dropped down to try to forge a career and to see that desire is great. He had the ambition to go out and take a chance and try to prove himself in a first-team environment. He did fantastically well for Hamilton at the start of last season but then picked up a wee injury.

"He could have stayed and played in the Premiership with Hamilton but he recognises that there's an opportunity here for him to progress.

"I'm pleased to get him. He's a good character and a top development prospect for us."