New Hearts defender Taylor Moore will have ‘limited opportunities’ at parent club Bristol City, according to manager Nigel Pearson.

The English Championship club have sent their centre-back to the Scottish Premiership for the season. Bristol City tied Moore down to a new long-term contract last year but Hearts is where he’ll play his football this term. Pearson says it remains to be seen whether the Tynecastle move is permanent or not.

Forest Green Rovers v Bristol City - Carabao Cup First Round

Moore’s Bristol City future is in doubt after leaving the Championship club for Robbie Neilson’s Hearts squad. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

He said: “Well, he’s going to get limited opportunities [at Bristol City]. And I think it’s good for him and it’s just very, very straightforward: he’s not going to get the exposure in games that he needs.

“And whether it turns into a permanent one, we’ll see. But we’re also trying to have a tighter ship in terms of finances. I never hide from that. It’s a reality of life and football. For me, it’s a no-brainer.”

Hearts centre-back Mihai Popescu left Tynecastle on Deadline Day for Championship club Hamilton. He said: “I am delighted to be at an ambitious club like Hamilton. I know the club from my time in Scotland, and was really impressed when I spoke to the head coach. I am looking forward to playing first-team football again.”

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