Grainger not at Tynecastle to make up the numbers

New Hearts recruit Danny Grainger has not moved to the capital to be a squad player, and hopes to become the first choice left-back

Danny Grainger has said that he has not signed for Hearts to merely provide squad depth.

The 24-year-old left-back is one of a host of new faces at Tynecastle, and hopes to convince Jim Jefferies that he’s worthy of a regular starting position.

The Englishman told the official Hearts website: “I’m not coming here to be a cover player – I’m coming here to play.

“If the manager sees me as a cover player then that’s up to him, but I’m going to be pushing every week to try and get a starting place.”

Grainger will have tough competition for a place, with Scottish international Lee Wallace the established full back in the side.

“I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a big challenge to try and force Lee Wallace out of the team, but at the end of the day competition is competition,” he said.

“If I do well, hopefully I’ll get my chance and I can take it.”

After spells at Gretna, Brechin and Dundee United, Grainger was a regular under Derek McInnes at St Johnstone in the last two seasons before joining Hearts last week.