Where are they now? A selection of 9 January signings made by Hearts
There have been two spectacularly excessive January recruitment drives by Hearts. Oddly, both took place in seasons where the club was performing relatively well on the park before the window opened. One occurred back in 2006 - which we've previously covered on The Scotsman and Evening News - and the other took place just 24 months ago.
Saulius Mikoliunas and Arkadiusz Klimek promoting Hearts' Race Day in 2006. Picture: SNS
Seeing as a couple of players (Aaron Hughes and Malaury Martin) are still contracted to the club from the latter group, it wouldn’t have made much sense to explore ‘Where Are They Now?’ So instead we’ve gone for a collection of signings through the years.
Arrived on loan from West Ham as the only signing of the administration-hit 2013/14 season but failed to make much of an impact. WATN? Currently banging in the goals for Eastleigh in the National League.
The winger was signed on loan from Stoke during the 2017 window but failed to hold down a regular place. WATN? Following another loan spell, this time at Espanyol's B team, he joined Badalona in the third tier of Spanish football.
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Signed for 500,000 GBP from HJK Helsinki in January 2006 but ultimately failed to impress. WATN? Makela is now without a club after leaving Palloseura Kemi Kings at the beginning of this month.
The Liverpool loanee helped Hearts to the League Cup final in 2013. WATN? After bouncing around various UK clubs, Ngoo signed for Tirana, whom he helped achieve promotion to the Albanian top flight last year.
The striker was loaned in January 2016 from Vitesse to replace the outgoing Osman Sow, but failed to make a similar impact despite a steady scoring record. WATN? At Giresunspor in the second tier of Turkish football.
The mercurial winger started his four-and-a-half-year period with the club in January 2005, joining on loan from Kaunas. WATN? After playing in Ukraine and Belarus, he's now back in Lithuania with Zalgiris Vilnius.
Played just a couple of games after arriving on loan from FBK Kaunas in January 2007. WATN? Managed Wikielec in the fourth tier of Polish football until last summer. The club lost his final game 9-2 as they finished bottom.
Signed by Robbie Neilson during the club's Championship-winning season, he failed to make an appearance after promotion. WATN? Currently at Quick Boys in the Dutch fourth thier.
The Slovenian international was one of many players signed in the January 2017 transfer window under Ian Cathro. WATN? After a spell with New York City, the right-back is now with Cypriot side Anorthosis Famagusta.