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Neil signs up

23rd June 2014

Experienced goalkeeper Alexander agrees to join club as player-coach.

Head coach Robbie Neilson has continued his rebuilding plans with the signing of former Scotland goalkeper Neil Alexander.

The 36-year-old has agreed to join Hearts as a player-coach on July 1 on the expiry of his current contract with Crystal Palace.

The ex-Rangers keeper brings with him a wealth of experience, having also played for Ipswich Town, Cardiff City and Livingston.

"As a boyhood Hearts fan, I am delighted to get the chance to join a club I have supported for many years,"  he told Hearts News.

"With the coaching side of it as well, this is a fantastic opportunity for me.

"I'll be signing on July 1. I'm excited at the challenge ahead, am raring to go and delighted to be back in Scotland.

"At 36, I need to start looking to the future and want to get involved in coaching.

"The club has given me a great chance to get a foot on the ladder and it's an opportunity I just couldn't turn down.

"We have a young squad and if I can help bring on these kids, hopefully it will work well for us all."

Hearts kick off the new Championship season away to Rangers and having spent five years at Ibrox before his departure at the end of the 2012-13 season, Neil can't wait for the action to begin.

"With the fixtures now out, it really gives you an incentive to be involved in the first game," he said.

"It's a really exciting start for us and I definitely want to be involved on August 9.

"This club has fantastic supporters and their backing has been phenomenal. Hopefully we can give them something to cheer about after what has been a very difficult 12 months for everyone at the club.

"If we can get a good team on the pitch and season tickets keep going well, hopefully we can bring a lot of success to Hearts."

Neil joins recent arrivals James Keatings, Soufian El Hassnaoui and Morgaro Gomis in committing his future to Tynecastle.