Alex Cochrane says David Weir was key in securing his loan move from Brighton and Hove Albion to Hearts.

Weir – who won the Scottish Cup with Hearts in 1998 – works as player pathway manager at Premier League Brighton. England youth international Cochrane has joined Hearts on a season-long loan deal and says the former centre-back’s words of encouragement were key in moving north for the first time.

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The Brighton prospect has moved to Edinburgh. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

The left-back said (HTV): “It feels amazing to be here, to join such a big club like Hearts. I’m privileged to join here, very happy and can’t wait to get started. I heard about Hearts’ interest quite early on. I spoke to David Weir at Brighton and he told me about the club, about the interest and he said we could arrange a phone call with the manager.

“We did, I liked what he said. It was all positive so we came here about a week ago and loved it. It’s the right move for me. The stature of the club is why I picked Hearts. It’s a massive club. To come to a team that’s now back in the top division and pushing with good ambitions, it’s a perfect match for me.”

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