Liverpool central defender Danny Wilson has joined Scottish Premier league side Hearts, signing a three-year contract.
Wilson, 21, struggled to establish himself at Anfield after arriving from Rangers for £2 million in July 2010, making only one Premier League start in three years and playing nine games in all, the last of them a League Cup tie at Brighton in September 2011.
The defender, whose Liverpool contract was set to expire this summer, had loan spells in the Championship with Blackpool and Bristol City before joining Hearts on loan in January.
Having completed a permanent move to Tynecastle, he told Hearts’ official website: “I am delighted to have my future sorted out.
“It didn’t take me long to decide about committing myself to Hearts once the club made it known they were keen to keep me. I just want to play football, and I firmly believe that staying at Tynecastle will benefit my career.
“I really enjoyed my time on loan here, and am very pleased the move has been made permanent. This is a great club with great supporters, and I’m looking forward to helping bring more success to Hearts.
“I believe the club has a bright future, with a lot of good young players, and being part of that excites me.”
Wilson won the last of his five Scotland caps in 2011, but Hearts manager Gary Locke believes he can force his way into Gordon Strachan’s plans by playing regularly next season.
Locke said: “I’m delighted that Danny has decided to sign for the club permanently. He has a wealth of experience, despite only being 21 years old, and has already shown how talented he is in his loan spell here.
“I’d like to thank Liverpool for allowing him to come here in the first instance, and Danny himself for showing faith in this club and choosing us when there was interest elsewhere.
“This is the type of player I’m wanting to attract to the club, and I firmly believe that, if he continues to play the way he can, then he’ll be called back up to the Scotland squad in no time at all.”