Royalists dealt a boost by signing of former Hearts ace O’Neil

Kris O'Neil
Kris O'Neil

HAWICK Royal Albert have signed former Hearts player Kris O’Neil.

Following a second trial outing Edinburgh-based O’Neil put pen to paper for the Royalists after the Albert’s home game against Preston Athletic last Saturday.

And he arrives at Albert Park with an excellent pedigree.

Included in the Albert squad for their away King Cup clash against Eyemouth United tomorrow, the 31-year-old made his Hearts debut in 1998 against Rangers at Ibrox and went on to score for the Tynecastle club in the 2001 UEFA Cup tie against IBV (Iceland).

On leaving Hearts, O’Neil played for Finnish outfit Aliansi; in Canada with Toronto Lynx; and in the American ‘A’ League for Des Maines Menace as well as Augusta Fire.

He also enjoyed a spell back on these shores with Berwick Rangers.

Albert assistant manager Graeme Chadwick said: “Since I became assistant manager at Hawick I’ve been trying to sign Kris.

“I know him well and have been constantly talking to him and texting him asking if he’ll play for us. And I’m glad that all my hard work in chasing him has paid off and that we have finally secured him.

“Manager Lawrie Dunn and myself are really delighted with the signing.

“Kris has been out of football for a while and is not quite match fit yet, but he’s a class player and will be a real asset to the club.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s trip to the coast, he added: “The players are desperate to get a result. They may not be Hawick boys but they all want to play for Hawick and all of them are taking great pride in pulling on the jersey.

“A win would be a real boost for them.”