Ex-Hearts striker Dario Zanatta has revealed an early chat with Partick Thistle manager Gary Caldwell was enough to convince him to join the Jags.

Thistle signed the 22-year-old Canadian after he left Tynecastle on a two-year deal.

The player has experience in the Scottish Championship having starred on loan for Alloa last season.

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His eight goals and 14 assists helped keep the Wasps in the division at the expense of Falkirk who were relegated.

But Zanatta has told how Caldwell was quick to get in touch with him the minute he left the Gorgie outfit - and he couldn't say no.

Speaking to the Thistle website, Zanatta said: "It was made clear to me that I wasn’t going to get the game time I was looking for at Hearts and Thistle got in contact with me early on so I’m just excited to get it sorted and looking forward to getting games and kicking on.

"Obviously I got a couple of goals against Thistle last year so hopefully the fans have an idea of what I can do and what I’ll be providing for Thistle this year."