Dunfermline’s Craig Wighton has admitted that his loan move to East End Park is unexpected, but he is glad that Hearts allowed the move to happen.

The player signed a pre-contract with the Pars for next season, but after the deal wasn’t completed in the January window, it looked as if he was going to be at Hearts for the rest of the season, with little prospect of first-team football.

Tynecastle side changed their mind

However, Hearts changed their mind. Now the player has completed a loan deal to Dunfermline prior to moving there permanently in the summer. Wighton has given his thoughts on the situation.

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Craig Wighton in action for Hearts (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“It is a bit unexpected obviously. We tried to get it done in the window to come now, but it didn’t happen. We were trying and trying but the longer it went on I thought I would just have to wait until the summer” he said  (official Dunfermline website).

“To be able to come now and hopefully play a part between now and the end of the season, I am just looking forward to it” the player stated.

Wighton is particularly pleased as now he has a chance to play football between now and May, rather than be on the sidelines and training with the reserve players at Hearts.

“Made no sense”

“I don’t know what changed their mind, but I’m just glad that they have because it would have meant that I was just training away with the reserves until the end of the season which made no sense.

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New Dunfermline striker Craig Wighton scores for former club Hearts (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“To come here and play a part until the end of the season and be here beyond is good, and I’m looking forward to it” Wighton declared.

With Dunfermline’s game against Dundee today postponed, the player could make his debut next weekend against Alloa. As it stands, Dunfermline sit third in the Championship, firmly in the promotion play-off places.

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