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Naismith: Returning was easy decision

6th July 2018

Steven Naismith reveals returning to Hearts was an easy decision.

Steven Naismith has revealed it was an “easy decision” to come back to Hearts after he rejoined the club on a season-long loan deal.

The forward returns to Tynecastle from Norwich City for the 2018/19 season and he believes pulling on the maroon shirt again was a question of when and not if.

Speaking to HeartsTV, he said: “It was an easy decision, really. It was more about when we were getting it done, rather than if, which is pleasing.

“It feels great to be a Hearts player once again. I’m glad it all got sorted sooner rather than later.

“The uncertainty over the summer isn’t enjoyable as a footballer.

“All round, all parties did what they could to get it done as quickly as possible and I’m delighted to start work.”

The experienced striker, who has 45 Scotland caps under his belt and a wealth of medals to his name, bagged four goals in his six-month loan spell in Gorgie last season.

He’s looking to improve upon that this season while continuing to help the club’s young stars make their name in the first team.

“I loved my time here last season,” he said. “I was open about that at the end of the season.

“There are changes from coming back up to Scotland from England.

“There are things that can be improved but also in the other side of that there’s a fantastic group of young players here who want to go and grab their chance.

“That took me back, when I first came here. That took me back to when I was 16/17 at Kilmarnock.

“If I can help these boys have any sort of a career then I’ll be delighted.

“Every time I play I look to contribute in some way, whether it’s creating chances or being on the end of being on the creation of them.

“Hopefully there’s more of the same next season.”

Steven’s interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV.