Dale Carrick has left Hearts by mutual consent in order to seek regular football elsewhere.
The club agreed to terminate the striker’s contract after an injury-plagued 2014/15 season meant Carrick’s first-team opportunities were limited to just four starts, in which he still managed two goals.
A January loan move to Raith Rovers was also cut short by injury, and the summer arrivals of Juanma Delgado and Gavin Reilly at Tynecastle saw the 21-year-old’s prospects of regular football diminish further.
Carrick made his first-team debut under John McGlynn in August 2012 and went on to make 54 appearances in maroon, scoring eight goals.
Former Hearts boss Gary Locke is keen to take the player to Kilmarnock and the path has now been cleared for a move.
Hearts manager Robbie Neilson admitted more minutes on the pitch was vital at this stage of the player’s development, and is convinced Carrick will have no problems kick-starting his career.
“Dale just wants to play football and get more game time” he told the club’s website. “He’s at an age where he wants to play every week and we can’t guarantee that so he’s going to move on and I’m sure he’ll get a club no bother at all.
“We wish him all the best and thank him for all his efforts at the club.”
Meanwhile, Hearts’ League Cup first-round tie against Arbroath at Tynecastle will be played on Thursday, July 30 (7.45pm kick-off).
The match was originally scheduled for Saturday, August 1, but the Jambos start their Ladbrokes Premiership campaign the following day against St Johnstone at home.