First Team

Soufian: I can't wait to start

27th June 2014

Moroccan front man keen to make his mark in maroon once action gets under way.

New signing Soufian El Hassnaoui today revealed how Tynecastle legend Mark de Vries helped sell him on his move to Scotland.

The 24-year-old signed recently from Sparta Rotterdam and having heard the former Hearts hit man wax lyrical about his time in Gorgie, the Dutch-born Moroccan knows he has made the right move.

De Vries wrote himself into Jambos folklore by smashing four goals on his home debut in a 5-1 hammering of Hibs in August 2002.

In hist first interview since moving to Tynecastle, Soufian told Hearts News: "I know Mark having played against him in Holland and I have heard good stories about Hearts and that is why I am here.

"He obviously has great memories of his time at the football club and spoke highly not only of Hearts but the game in Scotland.

"I am delighted to have signed for the club. Tynecastle is a beautiful old stadium and I can't wait to play on the pitch."

The former De Graafschap ace, who represented Morocco at the London Olympics, is not making any bold predictions as to his own impact in front of goal but added: "I hope to do great things on the pitch and have a great relationship with the supporters like Mark did.

"Scoring four goals on my home debut will be difficult! But I can promise the fans I will be giving everything on the park and hopefully I do well."

The striker reported for pre-season training at the Football Academy yesterday and is excited at the prospect of trying to help Hearts back into the top tier of Scottish football.

"The game is more physical than in Holland but that is exciting for me and I think I can do well here," he said.

"The league is going to be a very good competition but we have to do all we can to get back into the Premiership."