David Templeton was shocked by how good Liam Boyce was when he first met him at Burton Albion- and the 31-year-old believes the new Hearts forward will be a hit in Gorgie.

The former Jambos winger recently arrived back at Hamilton for his second spell at Accies. He had been with Burton Albion but wanted to return home in order to be closer to his newborn child.

Templeton is back in Scotland. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Another who returned to Scotland from Burton in January is Boyce. Hearts have shelled out a six-figure sum to bring him to Gorgie and he’s hit the ground running. He notched a goal and an assist on his debut against Rangers before scoring in the recent 3-3 draw with St Johnstone.

Templeton says he was stunned by Boyce’s ability at Burton and is backing his former Brewers teammate to be a long-term Gorgie success as he aims for a similarly successful Accies spell.

“I’m not surprised he’s started so well,” said Templeton. “I’ve said to a few of the boys here as well that I was actually surprised by just how good Liam was.

Not surprised by how Boyce has begun at Hearts.

Not surprised by how Boyce has begun at Hearts. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

“You don’t realise how good someone is until you play with them. I think he will be a massive signing for Hearts. That’s unfortunate for us and teams around about us as he’ll definitely score goals.

“I’ve only been in a couple of days but when I spoke to Brian Rice he seemed very positive. I’m looking forward to being involved in that.”

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