Hearts star Cammy Devlin admits he’s been taken by surprise by how quickly he’s become a key player for Robbie Neilson’s side and confessed he’s “super grateful” for the faith the Jambos gaffer has shown in him.

The Australian has impressed in the capital since moving to Tynecastle as the midfielder looks to help Hearts leapfrog Celtic into second place in the Premiership this afternoon when they face Motherwell.

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Devlin at the Toky Olympics (Photo by Alex Livesey – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

While Devlin didn’t expect to be a regular in the starting XI so quickly, he was full of praise for his Tynecastle teammates who have helped him settle and made him feel comfortable in Gorgie.

“It’s taken me a bit by surprise. I wanted to but I didn’t just expect to come into the team as quick as I did. Especially with the way we started the season,” said Devlin [Ediinburgh Evening News].

“I was watching it back home and the boys were winning a lot of their games. We were up the top of the league so I’m super grateful the gaffer threw me in pretty much as soon as I got here.

“We’ve been doing really well and I’m lucky with the boys around me helping and making me a better player. I’m trying to adapt as quickly as I can and enjoying getting the opportunity to play and make the most of it.”

Devlin’s progress in Scotland is being monitored by Australia manager Graham Arnold, and the Hearts star admits it gives him “goosebumps” to hear his name touted for a place in the Socceroos squad.

The midfielder represented his country at the Olympics but is yet to join the senior squad – but insists he needs to keep working hard and performing for Hearts if it is to be anything other than “noise”.

“Yeah, it’s nice to hear,” he added. “It is just noise at the moment and something I try not to focus on too much because it obviously hasn’t happened yet.

“Just your name mentioned along with the Socceroos gives me goosebumps. It makes me proud. At the same time, we just have to keep performing and fingers crossed it will happen.”

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