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Northern Ireland ace Kyle Lafferty determined to shine after Hearts move

By Graham Luney

Kyle Lafferty hopes his move to Hearts will resurrect his career at club and international level. The Northern Ireland ace has signed a two-year contract subject to a medical and he's hungry to enjoy playing regular football again after being frozen out at Norwich City.

The former Rangers striker has now been told by Hearts boss Ian Cathro that he will have a key role to play at Tynecastle.

Neil Lennon's Hibernian made a late attempt to net the Kesh man but Lafferty, who has scored 20 goals in 62 internationals, said: "I just wanted to come to somewhere where I can play football. I've got an important year ahead of me.

"I'm hoping to make the World Cup with Northern Ireland, so it's an important year and I've been told I'll be a focal point of the team, which over the past two or three years I've thrived on and I've produced the goods.

"It's been a frustrating three or four days, to be honest, whether we were going to get it over the line or not, but finally we have and I'm absolutely delighted to be back in Scotland to play my football and most importantly to play for a massive team like Hearts.

"Knowing how passionate the fans are about their club and their football, it's important that I was coming to a place where I knew I'd get along with the supporters."

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