Taylor Moore has revealed that Armand Gnanduillet played a part in helping him to decide that Hearts was the place for him to be.
The centre-half today joined the Jambos on a season-long loan deal from English Championship side Bristol City.
Former Blackpool teammates, Taylor leaned on Armand for advice on all things Hearts, and liked what he heard.
Speaking to Hearts TV, he said: “I was lucky enough to have played with Armand at Blackpool. We both had very, very good times at that club. Hopefully we can bring the same here.
“We spoke at length. I knew that there was some interest from Hearts and after speaking to the gaffer, that just made my mind up.
“I always tend to do my own bit of homework as well and when I spoke to Armand he said that if you can get the opportunity then get up here.
“When Armand says something like that then you’ve got to listen to him!”
Capped for England U20s, Taylor has substantial first team experience in the French top fight with RC Lens and in the Championship.
He hopes his style of play will impress the Hearts fans as he looks forward to pulling on the maroon jersey for the first time.
“I’m a centre-back, I’d like to say I’m a ball-playing centre-back but the fans can judge that for themselves.” He said. “I’m someone that is committed, will always give 110% no matter what.
“I like to get on the ball, I like to dictate play from the back and dictate attacks but also I don’t mind doing the nasty stuff as well.
“You’re there to defend above all, so that’s definitely the most important thing and why I’ve come here under the gaffer and I’m eager to learn as much as I can.”
Taylor’s interview is available to watch in full on Hearts TV by clicking here.