‘It’s an opportunity for me to go out there and play again‘ - former Town forward completes Hearts move
PUBLISHED: 09:29 10 August 2020 | UPDATED: 16:23 10 August 2020
Former Ipswich Town forward Jordan Roberts has completed a move to Scottish club Hearts.
The forward was released by Ipswich Town at the end of last season after two years at the club, with a string of suitors in England, but he has ultimately headed to Edinburgh on a two-year deal.
Hearts are playing in the second tier of Scottish football this season following relegation at the end of the curtailed 2019/20 campaign.
“I’m over the moon to finally get it done. I was in today and saw some of the boys, met the manager (Robbie Neilson) and some of the staff and I’m delighted to be here at such a big club,” Roberts said.
“It’s an opportunity for me to go out there and play again. I’ve seen Ann (Budge, owner) and spoken to her and the direction the club wants to go in is perfect for me and a perfect opportunity.
“For me it was a no brainer to come down here and see the stadium, the history behind the club and the direction the manager wants to go in.
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“I think it was a big statement from him to come to Hearts after getting Dundee United promoted. It shows the intent in where he wants to go and for me that was a selling point, along with everything else that played a part in it as well.
“I played at Tynecastle when I was at Inverness and it was, I wouldn’t say daunting but it can swallow people whole. You want to play in front of big crowds at nice stadiums and even the training facilities are top drawer.
“That’s what it’s about as a player and another selling point that attracts players and makes you want come to a club like Hearts.”
Roberts made just 17 appearances during his two years in Suffolk, following his arrival on a free transfer from Crawley, with his three goals coming in the EFL Trophy.
He played just a single minute of league football during his second and final campaign at the club.
Roberts has previously played in Scotland for Inverness.