The centre-back caught the eye playing for newly-promoted Livingston last season, and played a key role in the Lothian side managing to comfortably stay in the Premiership.
With his contract expiring this summer, Halkett was always going to have offers, and the 24-year-old eventually put pen-to-paper on a deal with the Jambos – but the man himself has revealed he could’ve easily gone elsewhere had he not taken the time to speak to Craig Levein.
Speaking via the Sun, Halkett explained: “I did have other offers but in the end it was quite an easy decision.
“Hearts were one of the first clubs in for me.
“It was coming to meet the manager and seeing the stadium that got me really excited.
“I got the feeling they were keen to sign me – that was massive.
“There was offers from other clubs in Scotland, England and abroad but when Hearts came in early it was a bit of a no-brainer.
“Hearts are a massive club and they have already had a few players getting international recognition.
“So I knew that coming here would help me.
“It’s going to be a challenge and it’s one I’m looking forward to, but the Scotland cap is a long-term target of mine.”
Halkett has signed a three-year deal at Hearts, and he’ll be fighting for a spot in the defence alongside John Souttar and Christophe Berra, both of whom have gone on to represent Scotland in recent years.
If he manages to replicate his form from last season, could Halkett be the next Hearts defender winning international honours?
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