Former Aston Villa midfielder Glenn Whelan joined Hearts.

The International of the Republic of Ireland was a free agent after his contract with Villa expired.

Speak with HeartsTVSaid Whelan, "I'm delighted, I just want to lower my head and focus on things, I've been able to train with the guys for the past few days, so I'm excited about the meeting and welcome to fix everything now.

"When I knew hearts were involved, I really had to think about it, the manager was great, he gave me plenty of time to think, but for the last week or so, I was ready to go.

"The manager was crucial to bring me here, to be honest, he showed great ambitions where the club should go, and I came to the boys and trained there last week for a couple of days I was really. " impressed. I'm up here now and ready to deepen and achieve results. "