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Rankin delighted to add Kavanagh

30th August 2019

Under-18s manager John Rankin revealed his delight at signing new addition Cian Kavanagh.

The 16-year-old striker penned a three-year deal at Tynecastle after signing from St Pat's Athletic.

"We're delighted to get him on board," John told heartsfc.co.uk earlier today. "He's a big, tall, physical striker who loves to use his body, hold the ball in and involve others. He's got an eye for goal as well."

The Irishman will join the under-18s initially as he continues his studies at the Balerno Performance School. He has been training with the Jambos over pre-season and signs following a succesful trial period.

"He's been at St Pats for a number of years and he caught the eye in December when he was over, he played a game against Rangers and did really well.

"He leads the line well. He's been injured for a wee bit of pre-season so now, I'm just delighted that he's fit, he's signed and we can get him games."

Cian isn't the first young striker to make the move from St Pats to Hearts, following in the footsteps of Aidan Keena. Given the first-team strikers ascent through the ranks, John is hopeful Cian can repeat the feat.

"For this season, Cian has to firstly get himself games. Like every young player here, he has to aspire to get into the reserve team this year. Myself and Andy Kirk push them really hard to try and get them into the Reserves.

"Cian will be no different, he's going to need to adapt to the demands that the players put on him, especially when he comes into the reserve team. He's got to aspire to that and not be happy just playing under-18s."

Now, the youngster could make his debut tonight against Hamilton at the Oriam, in the third under-18 league match of the season.

"I'm looking forward to him playing tonight. When he came in this morning he was asking me about how Hamilton play, what their centre-halves are like.

"He's obviously someone who studies the opposition and players he's playing against so I'm looking forward to working with Cian and I think he can be a big asset to the under-18s just now."