Hearts defender Chris Hamilton has joined Dumbarton on loan until January to get regular first-team game time.
The 19-year-old is on the fringes of the first-team squad at Tynecastle Park and moves to League One to gain more experience of senior football.
Hamilton spent time on loan at Cowdenbeath last season, playing 20 times, and Berwick Rangers the year before.
The move to Dumbarton could be extended beyond January if he impresses manager Jim Duffy.
“Chris earned very positive reviews from his time with Cowdenbeath last season and we’re looking forward to seeing how he does here,” Duffy told his club’s website.
“He's young but he has a real appetite for the game and is determined to push on. That really ticks a box for us and he will increase competition for places.”
Another Hearts youth prospect, forward Sean Ward, has joined Gala Fairydean Rovers on a season-long loan.
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