First Team

Lafferty joins Hearts

28th June 2017

Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty signs for the Jambos.

Hearts have today completed the signing of Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty, subject to a medical test.

The 29-year-old striker joins the Jambos as a free agent following the expiration of his contract with Norwich City.

Kyle is no stranger to Scottish football, having spent the best part of four years at Rangers between 2008 and 2012. He began his career at Burnley before joining the Ibrox side and has since enjoyed spells with the likes of Sion, Palermo, Birmingham City and most recently Norwich City.

The towering centre forward is currently the second highest goalscorer in Northern Ireland’s history having scored 20 goals in 62 appearances to date. He found the back of the net on 7 occasions during the Euro 2016 qualifiers and was part of the squad that reached the last 16 of the tournament last summer. He has so far scored 3 goals in this year’s World Cup Qualifiers.

The Ulsterman has been given the number 9 jersey for the upcoming season. Upon completion of the deal, Hearts owner Ann Budge said:

“We are absolutely delighted that Kyle is joining us. From our first meeting there was a clear willingness and desire to make this deal happen on both sides.

“This is a real win-win for both parties and I am confident that Kyle will become a real fans’ favourite.”