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07.06.2007 Football News

Kingston Signs With Hearts

Laryea Kingston has signed with
Hearts in a three-year deal
Laryea Kingston has signed with Hearts in a three-year deal

Scottish Premier League club Heart of Midlothian have secured the services of Ghana international Laryea Kingston on a three-year-deal.

The 26-year-old spent the second half of the 2006/07 season on loan at Hearts from Russian club Terek Grozny and had claimed other clubs were interested in signing him before he committed himself to Tynecastle.

During his loan stint, Kingston established himself as a favourite with the fans for his energetic and influential performances in midfield.

Despite Hearts failing to qualify for European football next season, Kingston has decided that his future lies in Edinburgh and he had maintained that he wanted to stay at Tynecastle on the final day of last season.

"I'm very happy with Hearts," he said after the 1-0 final day defeat at Kilmarnock.

"Some opportunities are in the pipeline but Hearts are my first choice - it looks positive I will be staying."

Kingston had an eventful start to his career in Scotland and was sent off in his fourth league match for a challenge that broke Aberdeen midfielder Barry Nicholson's shoulder.

He served an automatic two-match ban for his red card, and was given an additional three-match suspension in May which the club appealed.