Robbie Neilson has appointed Perry Kitchen as club captain for the 2016/17 season.
The USA internationalist will become the first American player to captain Hearts, if selected for Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership match against Ross County.
The midfielder has proved an instant hit since signing for the Jambos in March of this year, patrolling the centre of the park to great effect.
So much so that Robbie has decided to hand the 24-year-old the armband for this campaign, and insists Perry was the logical choice to help take the team forward.
Speaking to heartsfc.co.uk, Robbie said: “I’ve been impressed by Perry’s attitude, desire and, of course, his performances from day one.
“He’s a natural and leads by example both on and off the park. He’s also a really good player and will inspire those around him to reach the highest standards.
“Ideally, we want 11 captains on the pitch every week. In recent times we’ve had Don Cowie lead the team out and Alim Ozturk skippered us to third place last season, so there’s that experience already there that will help us through games.
“I’d like to thank Alim for the huge part he played, and will continue to play, in helping the team to the top end of the league.
“It’s now Perry’s time to take over that responsibility and I’ve absolutely no doubt that he will flourish in the role of Hearts captain”