Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has promised Cameron Devlin will be worth the wait as he sits tight on the new Aussie import.
The Jambos have agreed a deal to bring in the 23-year-old from Newcastle Jets but face a visa hold-up before they can confirm his arrival from the A-League.
But Neilson is happy to bide his time until the combative midfielder gets the paperwork sorted having been alerted to his impressive qualities by his Tynecastle stats gurus earlier this year.
Devlin has been forced to self-isolate following his return Down Under after representing Australia at the Tokyo Olympics but Hearts bosses are confident he will not have to quarantine once he finally touches down in Edinburgh.
The Jambos did, however, fear they had missed out on landing the former Wellington Phoenix ace when he agreed to join the Jets at the end of June.
But the Gorgie outfit have now struck an agreement which will see the Socceroos youth International make his second switch in the space of just five weeks.
Neilson said: “We’ve agreed a deal with the player and the club but there is still some paperwork that needs to get done.
“Obviously he needs to get a visa so he can come into the country.
“We’re still waiting on that because he’s been at the Olympics. He’s now had to go back to Australia and he’s had to isolate because he’s been abroad.
“Now he has to go apply for the visa, so it will still be a bit of time before we know if this deal will get done or not.
“Does he need to quarantine once he arrives in the UK? It depends, I think [Australia] is on the green list so we’re hopeful he’ll be able to come and train.
“But I’d rather wait the extra 10 days and get the player I want than somebody we’re not after.
“We just need to deal with it. First and foremost we’re just hopeful he gets the visa application through and he gets over. Then hopefully we can get him here as quick as possible.
“We’re looking for someone in there that retains the ball well but can also compete, cover the ground, win tackles and pass forward.
“The stat guys flagged him up then we watched him and we really liked him. We’ve got the deal done so I think he’ll do well for us.
"This deal has been going on for two months now, so he should be worth the wait. We've been working in the background trying to get it sorted.
"We're delighted that we're nearly there, but we aren't there yet.”
The arrival of another new recruit comes just a week after former Everton ace Beni Baningime made a huge impression on his debut as Hearts stunned Celtic with victory on the opening day of the Premiership campaign.
But Neilson does not want to see all the hard work put into that result go to waste when they face St Mirren this weekend.
“Celtic was a great result for us,” he said. “But it’s done and in the past. We spoke about it on Monday morning and said it was about focusing on the St Mirren game.
“It was a great three points but we need to do it all again when we go to St Mirren.
“You know what games like last Saturday are like, they take care of themselves with the atmosphere, the intensity. It’s the following week that you need to be at it.
“It’s about making sure they are ready for it.”