James Keatings insists he’s “more determined than ever” to score goals in a maroon jersey now that he’s got over his injury hell.
The striker has missed the last six weeks of action after picking up a hip knock on U20s duty, but today returned to training for the first time.
Though he admits to feeling extremely frustrated at siting on the sidelines, he’s delighted to be back after coming through his first training session unscathed.
Speaking exclusively to HeartsTV, James said: “Training went brilliant. I’m delighted to get back into the swing of things and get back training.
“It’s been a very frustrating time for me, spending six weeks in the physio’s room and going through to see specialists to get the problem sorted. Now it’s totally sorted I feel really good. Hopefully I’m over it now and it’s upwards for me.
“I’m hungry. I’m more determined than I’ve probably ever been. Sitting back and watching every game since I’ve been injured has been very, very frustrating.
“There have been times where you don’t want to come and watch because you want to be a big part of it and you don’t feel a part of it because you’re sitting in the stand.
“It’s been very frustrating but it’s only made me a lot hungrier and I’m more determined now than I’ve ever been.
“I’ll be happy to get on that pitch and I’ll be more determined to score more goals.”
James’ interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV.