Hearts manager Craig Levein thinks former Leeds and Barnsley defender Aidy White can become a “major asset” for the Jambos after finally getting over the worst of a string of injuries.

The 27-year-old signed a two-year deal at Tynecastle and still has a niggly groing issue but Levein admits his past meant he was available for the Jam Tarts.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Craig Levein, Manager of Hearts looks on prior to the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Heart of Midlothian and Auchinleck Talbot at Tynecastle Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Levein is confident that once he is fully fit he’ll improve his side and said that he’d been tracking the full-back for a while.

“We’ve kept in touch with him over the last year or so and he’s at the point now where he’s injury-free, which is the point we were waiting on,” Levein said, as quoted by the Edinburgh Evening News.

“Now it’s a combination of us and him trying to get to him up to full speed. If we can get him back to what he was, then he’ll be a major asset.

20th January 2019, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Cup football fourth round, Heart of Midlothian versus Livingston; Craig Levein manager of Hearts watches from the stands

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“I actually saw him playing with Leeds while watching Robert Snodgrass when I was Scotland manager.

“I’ve seen him play quite a few times and he’s played at a good level with Leeds and Barnsley.

“If he hadn’t been injured, he’s not one we would have been able to get on our radar and get up here. He’s been out for quite a while so a lot of things need to go right for him to get back to the level he was at.”

BARNSLEY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Aidy White of Barnsley in action during the EFL Cup match between Barnsley and Northampton Town at Oakwell Stadium on August 9, 2016 in Barnsley, England.

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White hasn’t played in two years and will need time to get up to match-fitness.

The Jambos are still in contention for a European place but need to go on an impressive run to overcome Aberdeen and Kilmarnock.

Getting White fit could really help the Tynecastle side close the gap on the teams ahead of them and secure a spot in the Europa League.

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