Kilmarnock have confirmed the signing of Dale Carrick days after the striker left Hearts.
Carrick is the latest former Hearts player to be reunited with recent Tynecastle boss Gary Locke this summer, following Scott Robinson and Jamie MacDonald to Rugby Park.
The 21-year-old scored eight goals in 62 appearances for Hearts, including the opener in a derby win over Hibs, but was told his first-team opportunities would be limited this season.
Carrick endured an injury-hit season last term, including an aborted loan spell at Raith Rovers, as he was hit by several thigh and hamstring problems.
But Locke pounced when it became clear Carrick was surplus to requirements in Gorgie.
The manager said: “I didn’t think Dale would be available but as soon as I found out he was it was important we snapped him up.
“He is quick and will add pace to our squad. He also has a great eye for a goal.”
Carrick said: “I am delighted to be at Kilmarnock and back working with Gary.
“I now want to work hard and try to get as many matches under my belt as possible this season.”
The Edinburgh-born forward added on Twitter: “I would like to thank Hearts and the fans for a brilliant nine years. I will be taking some fantastic memories and wish you all the best.”