Blair Spittal completes Hearts transfer as Motherwell star becomes third summer signing

Hearts have completed the signing of Motherwell star Blair Spitall on a three-year deal.

The 28-year-old attacker has joined the Jambos on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract at Fir Park. Spittal had agreed a pre-contract with the Tynecastle club earlier in the year after deciding to pursue his career away from the Steelmen.

The capture of the former Dundee United playmaker has been widely viewed as a huge a coup for Steven Naismith. Spittal finished second in the Premiership assist charts last season with 11 created and 13 scored across all competitions. And his flair and creativity is certain to excite the Gorgie faithful as he begins the next chapter of his career in Edinburgh.

Boss Naismith beamed: "I’m really pleased to get Blair signed up. He’s got a wealth of experience in Scottish football and his form last season was up there with the best in the league. He’s going to provide another dimension to the team going forward and he’ll give us more options when we start navigating through domestic and European fixtures.

"Blair is similar to others in the squad in that he’s had to work extremely hard to create and then take the opportunities to get to where he is in his career. That work ethic is impressive and I think he can continue to progress and maximise the level he can achieve. Having spoken to him, I know he’s keen to impress in a Hearts shirt and I’m sure he’ll fit in well to our team."