First Team

Match made in heaven for Nathaniel

10th January 2022

Nathaniel Atkinson reckons he and Hearts are a "match made in heaven" after completing his transfer to Tynecastle.

The 22-year-old right-back arrived in Edinburgh today after agreeing a three-and-a-half year deal with the Jambos last month. After a trophy-laden spell with Melbourne City, the man from Tasmania says it was a straightforward choice to make the switch to Gorgie.

"it took some time to get it all sorted with Visas and such, but It's good to finally be here," he told Hearts TV.

"I first heard about Hearts' interest about a month or two ago. I had gotten to a stage in my career where I was ready to play in Europe, and fortunately Hearts were interested. It was a match made in heaven and things moved pretty quickly after that."

A familiar face awaits Nathaniel in former Australia Olympics teammate Cammy Devlin at Tynecastle. Our midfield maestro cheekily took to social media to try and speed up Nat's move, with the right-back looking forward to teaming up once again with his old friend.

"I've known Cammy for about three years; first met in the junior Australian camps. We hit it off straight away; he's a bit of a rascal! It'll be good to see him again."

"A lot of Australians have come here, done well and had a great career out of it. I think that's pleasing and reassuring that this was the right move for me."

With the contract signed and the players due to return to training tomorrow: all attention turns to the second half of the season, with Nathaniel crystal clear on his long-term aims at Hearts.

"Win as many trophies as possible and to play for the fans and enjoy myself. I think when you're happy and enjoying yourself, that's when your best football is played.

"I'm so excited to play at Tynecastle. The fan culture is slightly different in Europe than Australia. I know that Hearts fans bleed for the club and fight for the players. I can't wait to be part of that."

Nathaniel's Hearts TV interview is available to watch in full by clicking here.