Nathaniel Atkinson joins Hearts from Melbourne City | Football News

Hearts completed the signing of defender Nathaniel Atkinson from Melbourne City on a three and a half year contract.

The 22-year-old, considered one of Australia’s up-and-coming talents, has joined the Tynecastle club for an undisclosed fee.

He will compete for the right-back position alongside seasoned Michael Smith after teenager Cammy Logan joined on loan at Edinburgh City.

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Atkinson will join the Hearts squad on Tuesday

A deal was last agreed with Melbourne after Atkinson was identified as a player who could fit into Hearts’ 3-4-3 form.

Talking with Hearts TV, said, “I first heard about Hearts’ interest about a month or two ago.

“I had gotten to a point in my career where I was ready to play in Europe and luckily Hearts was interested. It was a match made in heaven and things moved pretty quickly after that.”

Atkinson is looking forward to reuniting with his Olympic teammate Cammy Devlin at Tynecastle.

Hearts midfielder Cammy Devlin played with Atkinson in the Olympics
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Hearts midfielder Cammy Devlin played with Atkinson in the Olympics

“I’ve known Cammy for about three years; I met him for the first time in the Australian youth camps. We quickly hit it off; he’s a bit of a scoundrel! It’ll be nice to see him again.”

“Many Australians have come here, done well and made a great career out of it. I think it’s nice and reassuring that this was the right move for me.”

He will join Robbie Neilson’s squad on Tuesday when players return to training after the winter break.

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