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Nathaniel Atkinson joins Hearts from Melbourne City |  Football news

Hearts has finalized the signing of Melbourne City defender Nathaniel Atkinson on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

The 22-year-old, who is considered one of Australia’s emerging talents, has joined club from Tynecastle for an undisclosed fee.

He will compete for the right-winger alongside experienced Michael Smith after teenager Cammy Logan joined Edinburgh City on loan.

Atkinson will join the Hearts team on Tuesday

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

Talk to Hearts TV, he said: “I first heard about the Hearts interest about a month or two ago.

“I had come to a point in my career where I was ready to play in Europe, and luckily Hearts was interested. It was a perfect game and things moved pretty quickly after that.”

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

Nathaniel Atkinson joins Hearts from Melbourne City |  Football news
Hearts midfielder Cammy Devlin played with Atkinson at the Olympics

“I’ve known Cammy for about three years. I first met him in the Australian junior camps. We hit it off right away; he’s a bit of a rascal! It will be good to see him again.”

“A lot of Australians have come here, done well and have had a great career. I think it’s nice and reassuring that it’s the right decision for me.”

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

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