First Team

Kingsley targeting Peterhead

4th July 2021

Stephen Kingsley has revealed that he’s targeting Hearts’ season-opener against Peterhead next week after returning from injury.

The full-back got a run out in yesterday’s 4-0 friendly win over Falkirk following a four-month injury lay-off.

Kingsley, who scored the Jambos’ fourth goal, believes the hard work done in the close season has paid dividends and left him in a good position as the Premier Sports Cup appears on the horizon.

Speaking to the Official Hearts Website at the team's training camp in Largs, he said: “It’s been a long four months. It was tough being out at the end of the season when I was hoping to get back, but I didn’t know the extent of my injury.

“You just need to get your head around it and I worked really hard in the off-season. Thankfully I was able to get some gametime against Falkirk and hopefully I’ll get some more soon.

“It’s natural to lose muscle, strength and endurance when you’re injured but I think the work I did in the off-season helped with that. It means that I’m now in the position where I can get a bit of game-time and work my way up gradually instead of rushing at the end of pre-season and into the Premier Sports Cup and Premiership games.

“Peterhead is a realistic target. Whether I get to that point or not, we’ll wait and see. But that’s definitely earmarked for being involved in, if not starting. That’s my aim. If it isn’t to be then we looks towards the Celtic game.”