Blazej Augustyn believes Hearts’ pre-season workout in Dublin will provide him with a level of fitness he’s never had before.
The Polish centre-half was a standout in the first-half of the Jambos’ 2-0 friendly win over Bohemians on Wednesday night, and he reckons the training sessions the team are currently receiving over in Ireland will benefit in him massively in the long run.
Speaking to the press at the team hotel in Dublin, he said: “I think it is always important to do the pre-season.
“What happened to me was: two years ago I did not do a pre-season and I just went straight out from my house and started to play games! It was so bad. I wasn't fit enough to play and I suffered real injuries.
“As far as I'm concerned, I will have no problems in the future. I just need to get more strong and run a lot.”
The cultured defender reiterated his desire to reach the top in a maroon jersey this season after turning down lucrative offers elsewhere to link up with the runaway Championship-winners.
“I could have stayed in Poland - I had offers from very good teams - but I wanted to get out of that league and play a better standard of football,” he said. “The manager travelled over to Poland to talks to me and he told me about what he wants to do at Hearts and about the team.
“I think this move is better from me and better for my ambitions to come here. I knew about the size of Hearts and their supporters before coming here and I was determined to join.”