Rudi Skacel has declared himself ready to fire Dundee United up the Clydesdale Bank Premier League table after Peter Houston benefited from the transfer embargo on Hearts to sign the goalscoring midfielder.
The Czech international has signed until the end of January after training with Hearts in recent weeks but being unable to sign for a third time at Tynecastle.
Hearts were placed under an automatic transfer embargo in September when they failed to pay wages on time, and the Scottish Premier League this week extended the sanction until December 23 following a second monthly delay.
Skacel finished his second spell at Hearts in the same way as his first, by scoring in a Scottish Cup final victory.
And, by the look of his training top in his first photograph as a United player, he appears to have honoured his promise to Hearts fans to pay homage to the 5-1 Hampden thrashing of Hibernian by adopting the number 51 shirt at his new club.
The fact that Skacel has only signed until January 30 leaves the door open for another potential return to Tynecastle next year, but the 33-year-old's initial aim is to help United move up from 11th place in the SPL, possibly starting at St Mirren Park on Saturday.
Skacel, who scored 18 goals for Hearts last season, told United's official website: "Within 10 minutes of meeting the manager, I had decided I wanted to come here; it was an easy decision.
"I have kept fit training with a few of my previous clubs over the last few months so it is just match fitness I have to get up to speed with.
"For both the club and myself it is a good deal. I can play a few games and hopefully help the team climb the table. I am ready to be involved but that will be the decision of the manager.
"In January, we can then look at things and see if it suits us both to extend the contract."
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