Dundee United sign Hearts winger Billy King

Billy King will play in tangerine next season after agreeing a two-year contract with Dundee United
Billy King will play in tangerine next season after agreeing a two-year contract with Dundee United
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Dundee United have agreed a deal to sign Hearts winger Billy King on a two-year contract.

A pre-contract agreement is in place to take 22-year-old King to Tannadice when his loan at Inverness finishes later this month. Hearts told him he is surplus to requirements at Tynecastle and the United manager Ray McKinnon has moved quickly.

Hearts agreed to waive their right to a development fee to let King move on after five years at senior level. He came through the Riccarton youth academy and spent time on loan at Inverness and Rangers in the last 18 months, but will now start afresh on Tayside.

"I am delighted to secure my future at a club like Dundee United," King told the United website. "The time is right for me to move on from my parent club Hearts and I will leave Tynecastle with some great memories, but I am excited about the future.

"I remain focused on finishing the season strongly with Inverness, but I am looking forward to pre-season training and meeting my new team-mates at United and showing United fans what I can do.”

United are aiming to return to the Ladbrokes Premiership and won the first leg of their play-off quarter-final 2-1 against Morton at Cappielow last night. The second leg takes place at Tannadice on Friday evening.