First Team

Rafal joins Hearts

15th June 2017

Versatile Polish defender Rafal Grzelak signs for Hearts, subject to international clearance.

Hearts have made their third summer signing with the addition of Polish defender Rafal Grzelak.

The 28-year-old joins the Jambos after his contract with Polish top flight side Korona Kielce expired.

He’s penned a two-year deal at Tynecastle and will join Ian Cathro’s men for the start of pre-season training, subject to international clearance.

Tough-tackling Rafal made around 60 appearances for Korona Keilce over the past two years in Poland’s Ekstraklasa and helped them to a fifth-place finish in the Championship round of last season’s campaign.

As adept in midfield as at the back, he counts Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała as one of his former teams, just like new teammate and countryman Krystian Nowak.