Johnson makes Hearts switch
By Andy Clarke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hearts have made Yeovil midfielder Lee Johnson their first January signing.Hearts have completed their first signing of the transfer window with the capture of midfielder Lee Johnson from Yeovil.
Johnson, the son of former Glovers boss Gary Johnson, has signed a two-and-a-half year contract with the Scottish Premier League club.
Hearts manager Graham Rix has paid a nominal fee to secure the services of the 24-year-old, who would have been out of contract at Huish Park at the end of the season.
"It all happened quite quickly," Johnson told Hearts' official website.
"My contract was up at the end of the season and there had been rumours that Hearts were watching me along with a few other clubs from England.
"On January 1 I was able to speak to other clubs from outwith England and Hearts were the first in with a solid offer.
"Once I knew Graham Rix was interested, that was it for me. There was only one place I wanted to come.
"Among players all over England he has an absolutely fabulous reputation as a coach and a manager. I'm really excited about working with him at Hearts."
Meanwhile, Saulius Mikoliunas fears his contract may not be extended beyond this season at Tynecastle.
The Lithuanian's current loan deal from Kaunas expires at the end of the month and Mikoliunas does not believe he will be offered an extension."I have a contract until 31 January, but I don't know after that," Mikoliunas told the Edinburgh Evening News.
"Maybe I will need to leave. My loan has not been renewed. All I can do is the best I can when I get a chance in the team.
"In my position, we also have Deividas Cesnauskis and the new guy from Genk, Beslija, who is very big in Bosnia, so we will see.
"I need just to play well now. If I am playing only average I think I will be leaving because there will be three players able to play in my area of the field.
"I played with Kaunas before I came here and, if need be, I will go back there, but obviously I would rather stay here because it is a bigger league than back home."