Socceroo Kye Rowles joins Hearts' Aussie contingent

In a matter of weeks, Kye Rowles has played Barcelona, made his Socceroos debut, helped Australia to an important play-off victory and now sealed his first overseas transfer. 

It has been a whirlwind period for the 23-year-old, who has signed a three-year deal with Scottish Premiership outfit Heart of Midlothian - subject to visa approval and international clearance. 

Rowles has steadily risen in status over the past few seasons, making over 100 appearances for the Central Coast Mariners before becoming an Olympian at Tokyo 2020 with the Olyroos. 

His continued for earned him a couple of senior national team call-ups before his long-awaited debut against Jordan last week. 

Hearts have a strong tradition of Australians past and present donning their colours - with Socceroo Nathaniel Atkinson and Olyroo Cammy Devlin both with the club. 

Upon announcing the signing, Hearts are optimistic that Rowles can prove to be a similarly impactful signing to his compatriots. 

“This is an exciting transfer for us and one that everyone has worked really hard to get over the line," said Hearts manager Robbie Neilson.

Kye has a fantastic reputation over in Australia and his talent has seen him rise to the top of the game.

“To get another international player in the door is a big coup and I’m really looking forward to working with him. Hearts is the perfect place for Kye to continue his development and I believe he is someone who can help improve the team.”

After starting for the Socceroos during their all-important 2-1 victory over the UAE on Tuesday, Rowles and his teammates are now in the thick of preparations for Australia's Intercontinental Play-off against Peru in Doha on June 13 (9am local time/4am, June 14 AEST).