KELTY HEARTS have completed a signing coup by capturing former Pars winger Kallum Higginbotham.

The 31-year-old, who spent three years at East End before departing last summer, was unveiled as the New Central Park club's second summer signing yesterday.

Higginbotham follows goalkeeper Darren Jamieson, from Arbroath, in joining Barry Ferguson's side ahead of the upcoming Lowland League campaign.

Formerly of clubs including Rochdale, Falkirk, Huddersfield Town, Partick Thistle and Kilmarnock, the Englishman was signed by then Dunfermline boss, Allan Johnston, in 2016 ahead of their return to the Championship.

After making his debut in a 3-0 League Cup win over Arbroath, Higginbotham went on to make 43 appearances in his debut campaign, netting seven goals in the process.

He remained a regular feature in the side as the Pars reached the Premiership play-offs in 2018, where they bowed out to Dundee United in the quarter-final, before leaving last summer.

Higginbotham moved to India to join Real Kashmir, managed by former Aberdeen, Rangers and Scotland defender David Robertson, before returning home to join Kelty.

As Higginbotham arrived, the 2020 Lowland League winners announced that both Gary Cennerazzo and Scott Linton had retired from football.

Cennerazzo has decided to concentrate fully on his business in Edinburgh, while Linton calls time on a career that also included spells with Cowdenbeath, East Fife, Dumbarton and Clyde.