Morgaro Gomis is desperate for the chance to re-establish his successful partnership with Prince Buaben at Hearts.
The midfield duo struck up an excellent understanding in their four years together at Dundee United and were integral to the Tannadice side’s success under Craig Levein, the current director of football at Hearts, and then Peter Houston.
They were split up three years ago when Gomis headed to Birmingham and Buaben went to Watford. But they were reunited on Sunday as trialist Buaben joined recent recruit Gomis in the Hearts midfield for the second half of their impressive win over Dinamo Bucharest.
The 26-year-old Ghanaian is continuing his trial at Riccarton this week and Gomis is eager to see his club strike a deal with the man who helped him produce some of the best form of his career. “It was good to play with Prince on Sunday,” said Gomis. “I’ve known him for quite a while. We started playing together in 2008 and he’s been one of my best friends since then. We just understand each other’s game. We don’t even really need to speak to each other on the pitch – we just know where the other one is. It’s very natural and we have a good connection.
“The manager wanted to bring the two of us and I signed first. I’ve been having a quiet word in his ear but it’s his decision. I don’t know what will happen but I hope we can sign him. They’re talking to him just now.
“He’s a very good player, who likes to keep the ball and he’s powerful. He has good experience as well, which would be good for us as we have a young squad.”
Gomis, meanwhile, has thrived in his role as one of the old heads in a young Hearts squad.
The 28-year-old was a standout in the two 45-minute outings he had against Ludogorets Razgrad and Dinamo Bucharest during the club’s pre-season stint in England.
“I’m enjoying it and the training has been good,” he said.
“We’ve done well in the two games. We lost the first one but it’s all about fitness.
“Last season the youngsters played week in, week out so maybe this season – especially playing in the Championship – there is a need for some more experience.
“I’ve been impressed with all of them. They’re good players who just need to work hard and hopefully good things will happen.”