Olly Lee is ready to leave Hearts and return to England once he finds a new club, the Evening News can reveal.
The midfielder is surplus to requirements at Tynecastle Park and manager Craig Levein has agreed he can move on 12 months after arriving from Luton Town.
Lee signed a three-year contract with Hearts last summer and made 41 appearances for the Edinburgh club, scoring six goals. His most memorable moment was scoring the winner against Hibs at Easter Road in December's Edinburgh derby.
He fell out of the starting line-up in the second half of the campaign and was cruelly robbed of a possible Scottish Cup final appearance by a knee injury sustained days beforehand.
Hearts are not rushing the 27-year-old towards the exit door and will let him decide his own future. "Olly and I are on the same page. We are talking about him moving back down to England if he can find something," explained Levein.
"That's a chat I've had with Olly and his agent so we will see what happens. He still has a contract here so it's not like we are forcing him out the door. If he gets something, we will have a chat."