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Craig Thomson leaves Hearts for Kaunas

The defender is on his way to the Tynecastle club's sister side in Lithuania until November.

Craig Thomson was told earlier in July he would be leaving Hearts and is now on his way to Lithuania.
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Hearts defender Craig Thomson has moved to FBK Kaunas until November, according to the Lithuanian club.

Kaunas are owned by Hearts' majority shareholder Vladmir Romanov, with the Edinburgh club having taken a number of players on loan from Lithuania since 2005.

Thomson however is heading in the opposite direction, having been told he had no future at the club following a charge of lewd and libidinous behaviour towards young girls, which saw him fined £4,000 and placed on the Sex Offenders Register.

In a statement on Kaunas' website, the club announced the arrival of the 20-year-old. “Our team has added right defender Craig Thomson. The new signing will be the first player from Scotland in Lithuania.

“Thomson is owned by Kaunas until the end of the season. He will wear the number 46 jersey.”

Hearts initially said they would stand by the player but, following pressure from sponsors and fans, a second investigation led to the club announcing they would be moving Thomson on.

On July 10, Hearts announced that Thomson would leave the club “imminently”, saying they were find working to find “a solution for the player to leave the club over the forthcoming days.”

Hearts are yet to confirm the specifics of the deal but, if on loan, he would be due to return to Tynecastle at the end of the Lithuanian season on November 6. Thomson made 51 appearances for Hearts over two seasons, scoring once.

Kaunas are currently in relegation danger, having picked up just eight points from 19 games, and are one place above the drop zone on goal difference.

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