First Team

Zdenek's delight

30th May 2018

Zdenek Zlamal can't wait to re-acquaint himself with the maroon faithful.

Hearts’ new goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal admits he can’t wait to play in front of the maroon faithful after experiencing them first hand back in 2006.

The 32-year-old was a youngster when he formed part of the travelling Sparta Prague squad that took on the Jambos at Murrayfield in a UEFA Cup tie in 2006.

“I was very young back then so I didn’t play, but it was my first UEFA Cup experience and I remember it very well,” Zdenek explained.

“I remember the Hearts fans and I kept thinking how great they were. I can’t explain how happy it makes me to have signed for this great club.  

“It has long been my dream to play in British football and I am very excited to be joining Hearts.”

The Czech internationalist played Europa League football with FC Zlin last season and is now aiming to make an impact at Tynecastle.

“I want to use my experience to help the team here and I feel I have a lot to give,” he explained.

“I also know that there have been a few Czech players at Hearts in the past. For example, I know that Rudi Skacel is a Hearts legend!

“I also remember Roman Bednar and Michal Pospisil playing here so hopefully I can also be a success.”