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Thursday, 27 June, 2002, 11:25 GMT 12:25 UK
Fulton moves to Kilmarnock
Steve Fulton
Steve Fulton after his last game for Hearts
Former Hearts midfielder Steve Fulton has signed a two-year deal with Kilmarnock.

Fulton left Hearts earlier this month, with the club unable to offer him a new deal as a result of the uncertainty over a new television deal.

The player, once hailed as the next Roberto Baggio by former Celtic manager Billy McNeill, said he was pleased to have found a new club and was looking forward to working with Killie manager Jim Jefferies again.

Jefferies is a long-standing admirer of the player, having worked with him at Hearts and Falkirk.


He's a great passer of the ball and others will benefit from having him around
Jim Jefferies
Kilmarnock manager
"I don't know if this is the fittest I have ever felt but I trained hard during the summer and I was confident I would get a club," said Fulton.

"I had seven years at Hearts and found out on holiday in Ibiza that I wasn't getting a new contract.

"I read it in a paper so it wasn't the best way to be treated after seven years.

"Coming to a new club you have got something to prove anyway. I had a good relationship with the Hearts fans so if I am to have that at Kilmarnock I will have to earn it."

Fulton captained Hearts to their Scottish Cup final win in 1998 and became the last of that team to leave the club this month.

Jefferies was manager of Hearts then, and he believes Fulton is looking fitter than at any point of their nine-year association, which began when he signed him for Falkirk from Bolton.

He said: "He's in great shape. He's a great passer of the ball and others will benefit from having him around."

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