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Watt a signing

20th July 2016

Tony Watt joins Hearts on season-long loan.

Robbie Neilson has bolstered his attacking options with the capture of Tony Watt on a loan deal.

The Scotland striker joins the Jambos for the season, moving north from parent club Charlton Athletic.

A familiar face to supporters, 22-year-old Tony made the breakthrough at Celtic back in April 2012, scoring a brace in a 3-0 win over Motherwell.

The following season he famously bagged the winner against Barcelona in a Champions League match, before enjoying spells at Lierse, Standard Liege, Cardiff City, Blackburn Rovers and Charlton.

Speaking to Hearts TV, Tony explained the reasons behind his decision to join the Jambos:

“I’m still young and I’ve got a large chunk of my career ahead of me, so I want to come back up here and play games.

“This is a big club and I want to come back to Scotland and get a bit of stability. I had a stop-start season last year for a variety of reasons, both in terms of injury and being out on loan at a few clubs.

“I’m not far away in terms of fitness, I’m ready to go and just need game time really.

“So I’m looking forward to getting started. I’ve never played at Tynecastle before, I’ve been on the bench here once but that’s it. 

“I’m looking forward to playing here and hopefully the fans will be cheering my name.”