It was confirmed this week that Manchester United youngster Demetri Mitchell has joined Hearts on loan until the end of the season.

Hearts got in touch with United because they have been looking for a left-back and I seemed to fit the bill for them. I’ve been told Hearts have been needing a left-back for a while so hopefully I can help out with that. My aim is to play as much as I can and help the team finish the season strongly.

I have only turned into a left-back over the last two seasons. I was a winger or a wing-back before that. But Nicky Butt, the Under-23 manager at Manchester United, thought I did the defensive side of the game well.

Hearts spoke to Nicky Butt and he came to me about it. I felt it was an exciting opportunity so I came up to look around the stadium and the training facilities. I thought they were both excellent and this is a good place for me to go out on my first loan and progress my career.

Nicky has been brilliant with me since he took over. He also thought this was a really good place for me. United have a few people in the loan department who look at potential clubs for players and they were very positive about Hearts. It’s exciting because I want to be playing men’s football, learn and hopefully show what I can do.

After joining up with his new teammates, the 21-year-old had to take part in the initiation ritual of singing a song, and he did a great job.