Ghana international midfielder Laryea Kingston says he turned down offers from Premiership sides Newcastle and Bolton to sign for Hearts.
Kingston said he rejected a move to the Premiership to sign for Hearts
The 26-year-old, who impressed on loan at Tynecastle last season, signed a three-year deal following his £500,000 move from Terek Grozny.
Kingston said he had ambitions to play in the Premiership at some stage of his career, but was happy at Hearts.
He also urged captain Craig Gordon to commit his long-term future to Hearts.
Kingston endeared himself to the Hearts fans during his loan spell last season - scoring one goal in 11 appearances.
I need to do more for Hearts fans and stay with them for some time so they can enjoy me more
"I feel very happy because I love Hearts and the fans love me. My family is happy here - so this is the best place for me to stay," said the midfielder.
"I had one or two options from the English Premiership - Newcastle and Bolton.
"Hearts fans love me and I served them just a short period of time.
"So I need to serve them more because I can see they love me so much. I need to do more for them and stay with them for some time so they can enjoy me more."
Kingston also urged goalkeeper Craig Gordon to remain at Tynecastle, following speculation linking the Scotland international with a move to the Premiership.