Socceroos star Kye Rowles lands move to Scottish side Hearts from Central Coast Mariners – and defender insists he SHOULD keep his place ahead of returning stars for do-or-die World Cup tie with Peru
- Australia star Kye Rowles has landed a move to Scottish Premiership side Hearts
- The defender made his Socceroos debut only last week but has impressed
- Hearts have signed him for an undisclosed fee from Central Coast Mariners
- Rowles is hoping to keep his place in the starting line up for the game vs Peru
Kye Rowles will be a Hearts player next season after the Socceroos star put pen to paper on a three-year deal to join the Scottish Premiership side from Central Coast Mariners.
The 23-year-old has come a long way from the beaches of Kiama, with his strong performances for his side earning him a call up to Graham Arnold’s squad for the current round of international fixtures.
Just days after making his debut for Australia in last week’s friendly against Jordan, he was thrust into Graham Arnold’s starting line-up for the must-win game at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Doha on Tuesday.
Kye Rowles has earnt a move to Scottish side Hearts following his stellar season in Australia
Australia came through that playoff with a gritty performance alongside Bailey Wright and his displays for club and country have not gone unnoticed, with Hearts signing the defender on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The move is still subject to visa approval and international clearance, but the Scottish club delighted in the ‘big coup’ after landing the 6ft 3ins defender.
‘Kye has a fantastic reputation over in Australia and his talent has seen him rise to the top of the game,’ manager Robbie Neilson said.
The 23-year-old defender starred in the Socceroos’ 2-1 win over the UAE earlier this week
Hearts signed the 23-year-old for an undisclosed fee subject to visa and international clearance
‘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.’
For now, Rowles’s attention is firmly set on Australia’s do-or-die clash with Peru on Tuesday morning. With regular starter Trent Sainsbury set to return, the 23-year-old says he is more than ready to keep his place for the mammoth tie.
‘There’s that much competition within the group so everyone’s got to be at their best and then it gets picked on performances in games and in training as well,’ Rowles said. ‘We’ll be ready.’
Rowles says he is ready to start for Graham Arnold’s side ahead of players returning from injury
It continues a stellar rise for Rowles which started with a trip to last year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo with the Olyroos.
As Central Coast reached the FFA Cup final and the A-League Men’s finals series, Rowles was a key part of coach Nick Montgomery’s line-up.
Before he was selected for Australia’s crucial World Cup play-off matches, Rowles even managed to sneak in an appearance for the A-League’s All Stars against Spanish giants Barcelona in front of 80,000 fans at Accor Stadium.
On Sunday, Rowles was presented with his Socceroos cap in the team’s camp in Doha by Socceroos legend Tim Cahill.
‘It’s been a pretty hectic couple of weeks for sure,’ he added. ‘I’m just embracing it as it comes.’