JUWON OSHANIWA has revealed his delight at finally being granted a UK visa to complete his move to Hearts.
The Nigerian internationalist should fly into Edinburgh tomorrow after collecting his passport in Abuja yesterday morning. He will sign a long-term contract at Tynecastle.
UK immigration authorities have given Oshaniwa, 24, permission to enter the country after he waited more than two weeks for a visa to be processed. His work permit was approved earlier this month and he is now preparing for the next chapter of his career in Scotland after leaving the Israeli club Ashdod.
“I already picked the passport up from the embassy and visa is issued,” he told the Evening News.
“I’m certainly very happy. Robbie Neilson called me on Monday and I thought, ‘I should already be in Edinburgh’. It’s another morale boost for me. They were showing some concern and they were very anxious to receive me at Hearts. I was likewise so I’m very happy now.”
Hearts had contacted the UK embassy in an attempt to speed up the process and get the defender to Edinburgh.
The necessary paperwork was finally completed in the Nigerian capital yesterday. Oshaniwa plans to fly from Abuja to Heathrow airport tomorrow before boarding a connecting flight to Scotland. Hearts expect him to be fit for a first-team debut in a week to ten days and will monitor his condition when he arrives. The player has been following training schedules sent to him by coaching staff at Riccarton for the last few weeks.
“Juwon has been training over there and he thinks he is only a week to ten days away from full fitness, so that’s positive,” said head coach Robbie Neilson.
Oshaniwa spent the last three seasons playing in Israel with Ashdod. Previously, he was with Nigerian clubs Kwara United, Lobi Stars and Sharks.