Hearts have completed the signing of Neil McCann on a two-and-a-half year deal.The winger was released by Southampton last week and was reported to be attracting interest from Barclays Premiership clubs. But the Scotland international chose a return to the Bank of Scotland Premier League, returning to the Tynecastle club he quit seven years ago. Hearts head coach Graham Rix revealed McCann, 31, had turned down the offer of extra money to return to the Edinburgh club for the second time. The Jambos sit seven points behind Celtic in the Bank of Scotland Premier League and Rix is hoping the arrival of his new player will give them an extra edge for the remainder of the season. He said: 'I am absolutely over the moon and hope it gives the supporters a real boost. He is a smashing kid. He is a good player and he has lots of experience. 'He is so keen to join us. He has turned down an absolute fortune because he wants to come here and play for us. 'He cannot wait to join the boys.' Rix has already recruited the services of Lee Johnson, Mirsad Beslija and Nerijus Barasa. And he was determined to add McCann to that list the moment he knew the player was available. He said: 'I saw he got released from his contract with Southampton about a week ago. I knew it was not happening for him down there and I thought 'he would do us a great turn'. 'I speak to Hearts supporters and I know he is highly rated and he had a good time here. 'I was on the phone straight away and I tried to sort it out. As soon as we were sorted it was only a matter of time before we got things tied up. 'We were always his number one target which is fantastic because, as I've said, I want players playing for me who want to play for Hearts.'