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Wilson leaves Liverpool for Hearts

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Defender Danny Wilson has confirmed his exit from Liverpool by signing a three-year contract with Scottish Premier League side Hearts.

Wilson, 21, struggled to establish himself at Anfield after arriving from Rangers for £2 million in July 2010.

He made just one Premier League start for Liverpool in three years, playing nine games for the club in total - the last of which was a League Cup tie at Brighton in September 2011.

Wilson, whose Liverpool contract was set to expire this summer, had temporary spells in the Championship with Blackpool and Bristol City before joining Hearts on loan in January.

Having completed a permanent move to Tynecastle, the defender told Hearts' website: "I am delighted to have my future sorted out. It didn't take me long to decide about committing myself to Hearts once the club made it known they were keen to keep me. I just want to play football and I firmly believe that staying at Tynecastle will benefit my career.

"I really enjoyed my time on loan here and am very pleased the move has been made permanent. This is a great club with great supporters and I'm looking forward to helping bring more success to Hearts.

"I believe the club has a bright future with a lot of good young players and being part of that excites me."

Wilson won the last of his five Scotland caps in 2011, but Hearts manager Gary Locke believes the defender can force his way into Gordon Strachan's plans by playing regularly next season.

Locke said: "I'm delighted that Danny has decided to sign for the club permanently. He has a wealth of experience despite only being 21 years old and has already shown how talented he is in his loan spell here.

"I'd like to thank Liverpool for allowing him to come here in the first instance, and Danny himself for showing faith in this club and choosing us when there was interest elsewhere.

"This is the type of player I'm wanting to attract to the club and I firmly believe that if he continues to play the way that he can then he'll be called back up to the Scotland squad in no time at all."

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