Craig Wighton admits it was important to feel wanted after Hearts paid a fee to sign him from Dundee.
The Scotland Under-21 forward has signed a three-year contract and could make his debut for the Ladbrokes Premiership leaders against St Mirren on Saturday.
The 21-year-old made his Dundee debut at the age of 16 and scored eight goals in 92 appearances for his boyhood heroes, the most famous one a last-gasp winner in a derby victory that sealed Dundee United’s relegation from the top flight.
Wighton spent much of last season on the sidelines with a serious knee injury but returned to first-team action in early April and has made eight appearances this season.
But he was keen to explore new opportunities under Craig Levein.
He told his new club’s website: “When a club like Hearts comes in for you then you can’t turn that down. I just wanted to come here as soon as I found out and I’m glad it’s done.
“The club paying a fee does make you feel wanted. I think that’s important. You want to feel wanted.
“There is a manager here who I’ve known for a number of years and always got on well with so it’s good to have that as well.
“Hearts giving young players a chance is a massive factor in me joining.”
Dundee manager Neil McCann felt the move was the best deal for all parties.
“He was out of contract at the end of this season,” McCann said. “I think Craig possibly felt it was the right time for him to move.
“I have been in the very position as Craig having come through the ranks at this very club, and maybe he did need a bit of freshness because the last couple of performances, he will say himself, maybe he wasn’t in top form.
“He was great last year when he came back from his cruciate and he felt it was maybe the right time for him to go.
“The club had to be comfortable with the money they are receiving, and I believe they are.
“And I wish him every success at his new club. He is going to a brilliant club, I spent two periods there. It’s a huge club and I am sure that Craig will kick on.”