MORGARO GOMIS revealed today that he joined Hearts because director of football Craig Levein made him feel wanted.
The French-born midfielder ended a frustrating season with Dundee United last month and chose Hearts because he knows he can play regularly at Tynecastle.
United used Gomis only sparingly last term as five starts in 21 appearances show. However, a three-year contract with Hearts gives the 28-year-old the security he wanted.
Levein managed Gomis during the midfielder’s first spell at Tannadice and made him feel a valued member of the team.
“After what happened to me last season, I wanted to go to a club where I would feel wanted. After talking to the manager and Craig Levein, they wanted me to come here really badly. That made me want to come to Hearts,” Gomis told the Evening News. “It’s a great challenge for me because there is a positive vibe around the club and the players. I’m very happy. I think I made the right decision. Now I’m going to have to prove that on the pitch and hopefully I can have a great season.”
Hearts sold 5000 season tickets in the first week of renewals and open their Championship campaign away to Rangers on August 9.
“I love big games but I love every single game,” continued Gomis. “I just love playing football. Obviously, you look forward when you see we are playing Rangers at Ibrox in the first game. We can’t ask for any better than that. Everyone will be looking forward to it.”
Despite being only a squad player with United, Gomis stressed he has kept himself fit and will be raring to go when Hearts begin pre-season training on Thursday. “I’ve been training by myself for the last two weeks. I’m just looking forward to starting pre-season. I’ve always been like that during the summer. Two or three weeks before a new season starts, I’m out running and playing football to be ready for the training starting.”