Cupar Hearts' star joins Cowdenbeath

CUPAR Hearts' Czech playmaker Ondrej Matusik has signed for Cowdenbeath.

The 25-year-old midfielder has agreed a one-year contract with the 'Blue Brazil' after having a spell training with both them and Dunfermline Athletic.

Although the Pars wanted longer to make their mind up over the player, Matusik opted for a short term deal at Central Park where he is highly rated by manager Brian Welsh and assistant boss Danny Lennon.

He will also team up again with Cupar Hearts' former manager, Austin MacPhee, who resigned at the end of the season and is also to join the Cowdenbeath coaching staff.

Matusik said: "I had a great time at Cupar Hearts and I am very happy to have the opportunity to play professional football in Scotland."

Matusik — who arrived in Scotland with fellow Czech David Smetana in June 2006 — joined Cupar Hearts after a friend took them along to a training session.

They both made a massive impact, with Matusik in particular playing a starring role as Hearts enjoyed a magnificent season.

They lifted the Fife Amateur Cup for the first time in their history, and also reached the final of the Scottish Amateur Cup, going down 1-0 to Drumchapel United at Hampden Park in May.

Smetana, meanwhile, has now returned to his native Czech Republic.

Read more in this week's Fife Herald.