Jordan Roberts says Robbie Neilson’s decision to return to Hearts was a big ‘selling point’ as he joins the Jambos after an Ipswich Town spell.
The 26-year-old winger has put pen to paper on a two-year deal in Gorgie as Robbie Neilson shapes his squad. Roberts is one of the arrivals after the departures of Callumn Morrison, Sean Clare and Bobby Burns in the last week.
Once in Scottish football with Inverness, Roberts has also represented Lincoln City, Gillingham, Crawley Town, Aldershot Town and most recently Ipswich, where he made 17 appearances.
He’ll link up with those at Riccarton this week as Hearts gear up for life in the Championship. Neilson has also brought in Craig Gordon, with many more expected to come in and out of Tynecastle over the next few weeks.
Roberts says that it was a big statement for Neilson to swap Tayside for the capital and that intent was one of the main reasons he has opted to drop into the Scottish Championship.
“I’m over the moon to finally get it done,” Roberts said (Hearts TV). “It’s an opportunity for me to go out there and play again. I’ve seen Ann and spoken to her and the direction the club wants to go in is perfect for me and a perfect opportunity.
“For me it was a no brainer to come down here and see the stadium, the history behind the club and the direction the manager wants to go in. I think it was a big statement from him to come to Hearts after getting Dundee United promoted.
“It shows the intent in where he wants to go and for me that was a selling point, along with everything else that played a part in it as well. I played at Tynecastle when I was at Inverness and it was, I wouldn’t say daunting but it can swallow people whole.
“You want to play in front of big crowds at nice stadiums and even the training facilities are top drawer. That’s what it’s about as a player and another selling point that attracts players and makes you want come to a club like Hearts.”