KELTY HEARTS have swooped to make their first summer signing by snapping up Arbroath goalkeeper Darren Jamieson.

The 29-year-old completed the move to New Central Park and is set to rival last season’s first choice, Ben Mackenzie, for the number one shirt.

Experienced stopper Jamieson, who was born in Livingston, began his senior career with his hometown club and made his debut in 2010, keeping a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Albion Rovers.

After making 101 appearances for the Lions, which included a 4-0 win over Alloa Athletic in the 2015 Challenge Cup final, he left the West Lothian side in 2016 to join Premiership side Hamilton Academical.

Jamieson, however, was restricted to only two first-team appearances during his time at New Douglas Park, and was released at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

His next move was to join former Dunfermline manager Dick Campbell at Arbroath, in League One, and he established himself as the Lichties’ first-choice goalkeeper.

In a division that contained full-time Raith Rovers, and the other three senior Angus clubs, Campbell’s side led the way from the start of the season and sealed the title with a 1-1 draw at Brechin City, eventually finishing 13 points clear at the top.

Jamieson played in all but one of Arbroath’s league matches, recording 10 shut-outs, but was joined at Gayfield by former Morton stopper Derek Gaston ahead of their first stint in the Championship for 16 years.

Despite featuring in each of their opening seven league fixtures – including a 1-0 victory over Dunfermline – a 3-0 Scottish Cup replay win over Auchinleck Talbot, in November, proved to be Jamieson’s last Arbroath appearance.

In welcoming their new recruit on social media, the club stated: “We are delighted to get a player the gaffer (boss Barry Ferguson) has chased for a while who is now on board for the new season.”

Meanwhile, Kelty have confirmed that full back Keir Macaulay has left the club.

The 21-year-old enjoyed loan spells with both St Andrews United and Glenrothes last season and has joined East of Scotland League, Premier Division Camelon on a two-year deal.