Sam Nicholson insists MLS switch was easy decision after leaving Hearts

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Sam Nicholson insists making the move to Minnesota United from Hearts was an ‘easy decision’.

The winger has signed a two-and-a-half contract with the MLS side and although Hearts will not be eligible to training compensation in the region of £400,000, the Gorgie outfit have confirmed that a sell-on clause has been negotiated into the deal.

Nicholson, who turned down the offer of fresh terms at Tynecastle, made 127 appearances for Hearts after making his senior debut in 2012. The 22-year-old scored a total 16 goals in a maroon jersey and also racked up eight caps for Scotland’s under-21 side.

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Despite the Loons being bottom of the Western Conference, Nicholson admits he had no hesitation in making the switch.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to sign with Minnesota.

“It was an easy decision after speaking with the coaching staff, everyone made me feel comfortable and at home straight away.

“It’s a great club and I am excited for the new challenge ahead in MLS and I cannot wait to play in front of all the amazing fans.”

Minnesota head coach Adrian Heath said: “We are really pleased to have added a player with the skill set of Sam.

“He’s a player who can cut inside from either side of the pitch. He’s got two really good feet and he’s got some goals in him, he can beat his man.

“It’s not very often that you get the opportunity to bring in a player from Europe, who looks at MLS as a step up.

“We are delighted to have him and we think he will be a great addition to our squad.”

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