Defender Faycal Rherras leaves Hearts by mutual consent

Hearts' Faycal Rherras scores against Kilmarnock. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Hearts' Faycal Rherras scores against Kilmarnock. Picture: Ian Georgeson

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Hearts have parted company with full-back Faycal Rherras.

The Moroccan, who signed for the club in June 2016, has featured in the first team just five times under current manager Ian Cathro and it has been revealed that the player and club have reached a mutual agreement to terminate his contract, which was due to run until May 2019.

Rherras made a total of 23 appearances for the Tynecastle club and scored one goal but the 24-year-old, who was part of the Morocco squad which reached the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup, has dropped down the pecking order at Hearts in the latter part of the season and, having struggled to oust Lennard Sowah from the left-back berth, he has only managed 81 minutes’ game time since the turn of the year. That was in the 2-0 defeat to Partick Thistle, in February.

The club has issued a statement wishing the player well in his future career.

Meanwhile, Bulgarian striker Nikolay Todorov has signed a new one-year contract with the club. The 20-year-old, who has spent this season on loan at Livingston and Cowdenbeath, will join up with the first team at the start of next term.