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1. Edinburgh-born Jamie Walker progressed through the youth ranks at his home city club Hearts to become an integral member of their under-19 squad. The forward’s promise at a young age earned him international honours at under-15, under-16, under-17 and under-19 levels for Scotland before making his first team debut.
2. Walker’s introduction into first team football came during a loan spell at Raith Rovers in 2011-12, making his debut in a 3-2 victory over Hamilton Academical on 26th November 2011.
3. Jamie scored three goals in 23 appearances during his first professional season, the first of which earned Raith a late point in a 1-1 draw at home to Ross County in February 2012. Further goals both came against Greenock Morton, home and away.
4. Following his successful spell at Stark’s Park, Walker was handed his Hearts debut as a second half substitute in a 2-2 draw against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, before making his first start for the club in a 1-0 win against St. Mirren in November 2012. The winger featured alongside former Latics defender Andy Webster and came up against former Latics man Gary Teale on his full debut.
5. As in the previous season with Raith, Walker scored against Ross County, opening his Hearts account, a tally which was doubled by the end of the 2012-13 campaign with the first goal in a 3-0 win against St. Mirren.
6. Walker won Hearts’ Young Player of the Year for 2012-13 and started what turned out to be a turbulent 2013-14 season in a rich run of form, scoring twice in the opening four matches in which his side collected seven points to cut their -15 points tally to -8. He netted a late equaliser against Partick Thistle and the opening goal of a 2-1 victory at home to Aberdeen.
7. The winger finished 2013-14 with three goals from 30 appearances as Hearts were relegated from the Scottish Premiership, before playing a vital role in their immediate promotion back to the top flight as Scottish Championship winners with 11 goals.
8. Walker helped Hearts to a winning return to the top table on the opening day of the following season, scoring in their 4-3 victory against St. Johnstone at Tynecastle. Jamie played a crucial role in the club’s third place finish in 2015-16, scoring seven goals, including five in his last 11 matches.
9. In 2016-17 the 24-year-old recorded his highest scoring season to date, with 15 goals in all competitions. Walker’s tally included four braces, two against Hamilton, one against Kilmarnock and the other in a 4-1 home win against Rangers.
10. As well as the afore mentioned Webster, Walker has featured alongside former Latics players Don Cowie and Conor Sammon at Tynecastle, and midfielder Fraser Fyvie for Scotland’s under-17s and under-21s.