Hearts winger Arvydas Novikovas to leave Tynecastle

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Hearts have confirmed that out-of-contract Lithuanian international Arvydas Novikovas is the latest first-team player to leave Tynecastle.

The winger arrived in Edinburgh in 2008 from FK Vilnius but was sent out on loan to St Johnstone three years later.

The 22-year-old, capped 12 times for his country, returned from his six-month stay in Perth and went on to make 37 appearances for the Jambos this season, mainly from the bench, scoring three goals.

Novikovas joins Darren Barr, Danny Grainger, Mehdi Taouil, Gordon Smith, Fraser Mullen and Denis Prychynenko in leaving the club as manager Gary Locke continues his rebuilding plans.