HEARTS attacker Craig Wighton has joined Athletic on loan ahead of his pre-contract move this summer, it has been announced.

In the last few minutes, the club have confirmed that the 23-year-old, who will sign a two-year deal on June 1, will now join the club until the end of the season.

The former Dundee player, who moved to Tynecastle in August 2018, will be in line to make his Pars debut next Saturday against Alloa, after tomorrow's match with Dundee was called off.

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Speaking to the club's website, Wighton commented: "We tried to get it done in the window to come now but it didn’t happen.

"We were trying and trying but the longer it went on I thought I would just have to wait until the summer.

"To be able to come now and hopefully play a part between now and the end of the season, I am just looking forward to it.

"When I signed the pre contract we were trying to get the loan done now. Hearts were saying that they didn’t want me to come here and start. It has just taken a lot longer than it probably should have. I am here now and so I’m just looking forward to getting going.

"I don’t know what changed their (Hearts') mind but I’m just glad that they have because it would have meant that I was just training away with the reserves until the end of the season which made no sense.

"To come here and play a part until the summer and be here beyond that is good and I’m looking forward to it."

We will have more on Wighton's immediate arrival in next week's Press Sport.