The tradition of Australian players featuring in the Scottish Premier League – and for Heart of Midlothian FC in particular – is not a new one.

Patrick Kisnorbo’s reign at the Scottish club is well remembered, while the McGowan brothers, Dylan and Ryan, both enjoyed stints at the Tynecastle side, while Matthew Falzon and Rocky Visconte have also donned the maroon.

But during the 2018/19 season, as many as three Aussies could line up for the ‘Jam Tarts’ – all at the one time.

Ben Garuccio, Oliver Bozanic and Ryan Edwards make up the Australian contingent signed with the Jambos. So far all three haven’t featured together, but one of that trio in particular is catching the eye.

Garuccio, who signed for the Tynecastle outfit in May on a three-year deal, is quickly making the left-back position his own.

In pre-season, the 23-year-old former Melbourne City and Adelaide United defender made headlines for his stunning goals and it appears manager Craig Levein has rewarded him for his standout performances.

Garuccio, who made 95 A-League appearances across six seasons in the Australian top tier, has featured in four competitive matches for Hearts; two league and two cup matches. And his impact from full-back has been impressive.

In the Scottish League Cup, Garuccio helped deliver the opening goal in a 5-0 thrashing of Cowdenbeath in late July.

In the next Cup tie four days later, Garuccio went one better. He netted a stunning free kick and secured another assist with a delighful cross to help Hearts to another 5-0 win, this time over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Garuccio also made waves with a screamer in a 3-1 pre-season win over Partick Thistle.

On the opening weekend of the Scottish Premier League season, Garuccio was rewarded with a start against Hamilton Academical, which the Hearts won 4-1, before being substituted in the 71st minute.

Of the Aussie trio at the club, Garuccio is the only one to have started in successive Scottish Premier League matches, including a 1-0 win over Celtic on Saturday. Against Celtic, Garuccio played 90 minutes keeping a clean sheet in the process – hopefully securing his starting spot.

One of the many young Australian players eager to cut his teeth overseas, Garuccio’s life in Edinburgh seems to be off to the perfect start.