BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
Kenny Anderson has departed Hearts by mutual consent after failing to make a single appearance for the Jambos this season.
The Dutch-born former Scotland under-17 internationalist joined the capital club last January from RKC Waalwijk on an 18-month deal, with Hearts even paying a nominal fee to buy the player out of his contract.
Despite a bright start to his Tynecastle career, which saw him find the net on his debut against Livingston, he made just four starts during Hearts’ march to the Championship crown.
And the 23-year-old – hailed as “an attacking midfielder who will get in the box and score and set up goals” by former SFA performance director Mark Wotte – fell completely out of the first-team picture this term.
With the likes of Morgaro Gomis, Prince Buaben, Miguel Pallardo, Arnaud Djoum, Danny Swanson and even young Sean McKirdy preferred to him, Anderson has become Hearts’ forgotten man.
He spent a week training with Championship strugglers Livingston in August with a view to a loan switch to Almondvale, however that deal fell through.
Freeing up Anderson’s wage is likely to boost Hearts’ hopes of bolstering their squad this month, which head coach Robbie Neilson having already confirmed that he would like to add a striker to his ranks.