New Hearts signing Taylor Moore chose to move to Scotland so he could get out of his comfort zone.
The 24-year-old has joined Robbie Neilson’s side on loan from Bristol City until the end of the season and goes straight into the squad to face Dundee United on Saturday.
Born in England but raised in France from the age of seven, Moore’s formative years in the game were with RC Lens.
The former England Under-19 captain was bought by Bristol City in 2016 but has spent most of the last four years on loan at teams in the English lower leagues.
Moore told Hearts TV: “I felt at this stage of my career I needed a solid football club, a solid foundation and I definitely think Hearts has that.
“It is a new challenge for me, I wanted something a bit different – to get out my comfort zone and go to a new city, meet new people and do something completely different.
“My whole career is a bit of a rollercoaster but after speaking to the manager I just felt this was going to be the best choice for me.
“It is a massive club, we all know that, but the opportunity to play week-in, week-out is one I am very eager to take.”
Meanwhile Australian midfielder Cameron Devlin has arrived in Edinburgh ahead of completing his permanent transfer to Hearts from A-League side Newcastle Jets.