Former Hearts midfielder Scott Robinson has been re-united with manager Gary Locke after signing a three-year deal with Kilmarnock at the Premiership outfit.

The 23-year-old, who had been without a club since his release from the Tynecastle Stadium, has committed his long-term future which will keep him at the Rugby Park outfit until 2018.

“I am delighted to join Kilmarnock and I am looking forward to working with the manager again,” the midfielder told the club’s official website. “This is a new challenge for me and I am ready for it.”

Kilmarnock finished 10th in the Scottish Premiership last season and will be looking to improve on their performances with Robinson set to play a key role next season.

The former Scotland Under-19 international, who was a member Hearts 2012 Scottish Cup-winning team, has made 115 appearances for the Jambos but only eight of those came this season under head coach Robbie Neilson.

Robinson, who signed for the Edinburgh club in 2008 – had been in rumours to be strongly linked with a move to Killie ever since Locke replaced Allan Johnston as boss in February and the Kilmarnock boss is delighted to have finally got his man, as he starts the strengthening his squad for next season

Locke added: I am over the moon to have signed Scott. He is a tenacious player, great on the ball and makes good runs from the midfield.

He became the first signing of the summer for the Rugby Park outfit, he will be hoping to experience some first team football in the coming season after making just five appearances in the Championship under Robbie Neilson.

Robinson looks unpolished talent as he needs regular football to prove his ability though. He has also represented his country at U16, U17 and U19 level.

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