By Callum Scott
HEARTS forward Robbie Muirhead is enjoying life at Tynecastle since his summer move to the capital.
The 20-year-old signed for the Edinburgh club as a free agent having being released from Dundee United after their relegation to the Scottish Championship in May.
Muirhead’s options were aplenty, with offers from abroad and England. However, the prospect of playing in Europe was just too good an opportunity to turn down.
He said: “The interest from Hearts did flatter me because I left a club which you could argue Hearts are bigger than, so I was happy just to get the opportunity to play my football there.
“I spoke to the gaffer before I signed and he basically told me how many games he expects me to play and the fact that I could stay in Scotland also appealed to me.”
Muirhead pinpointed the manager as another key factor in his decision to move to Edinburgh:
“Everything up there is more organised from anything else I’ve experienced and it’s clear to see the gaffer puts a lot into his sessions and his video analysis before games.
“So for us to see how much he cares makes the players want to play well and do everything we can for him and the club.”
Robbie Neilson’s side sit third in the Premiership after eight games and the Scotland U-19 international has singled out team spirit as a major player in their early season success.
“It’s a good dressing room and all the boys get on and we really just want to do well for each other.”
The ex-Dundee United star added this was also a major player in him acclimatising to his new home:
“It’s just like any new place, it takes you a few days/weeks to find your feet and most importantly settle into your new environment.”
With team spirit at its peak for the Jambos, they are well on course in the race for second place. But Muirhead would not be drawn into specific targets.
He said: “Our target for the season is to finish with the most honours we can and as high up the league as possible.
“Obviously getting beat in the League Cup by St. Johnstone was a disappointment but hopefully we can do better in the Scottish.”
The 20-year-old believes he can help fire Hearts to further success this season. When asked about his personal targets for this season, Muirhead simply put: “Start more games and score some goals.”