Steven Naismith has revealed that he will see out his playing career at Hearts after signing a four-year deal at Tynecastle.
The vastly experienced forward, who enjoyed two loan spells at the Jambos over the past 18-months, this morning put pen to paper and committed his long-term future to the club.
The Scotland striker, now on the verge of a return to fitness, says he’s loved every minute of his time in Gorgie and is motivated to push the club on to domestic success, and wants to pick up where he left off before he got injured last season.
Speaking to HeartsTV, Naisy said: “I think everybody knew it was inevitable that it would happen.
“I’ve loved every minute I’ve been here. I’ve enjoyed it and it’s been a very good fit for me as a player. The squad’s had a lot of change in that time and I think I’ve played a big part in trying to guide that to where we want to go.
“The people at the club are fantastic and I’ve had a good relationship with not only the boys in the team but the manager and everybody around the club. It fits me.
“I’ll see out my playing days here at Hearts. That was something for me to think about.
“At this stage of your career you do need to think about what you want to do in the game, or what you want to do in the time remaining as a player, so that took an initial bit of time with making my decision.
“This is definitely the right place for me to be. I enjoy that responsibility of being an older player, handing on that experience I’ve got to the younger boys and taking those tentative steps of passing that on and maybe taking looking forward to being a coach in the future, if that’s what I want to do when I finish.
“There’s an eagerness to continue where I left off. I started last season really well, as did the team.
“As a player, when it’s going like that then it’s the most enjoyable ever so I did find it tough towards the end of last season when there was a bit to play for and the performances were a bit hit and miss.
“You’re sitting watching it unfolding and not being able to play a part so eagerness to get back on the pitch is probably the biggest thing for me and to help contribute and enjoy some more good performances.
“For me, at Hearts, its about, firstly, pushing this club further in the league and challenging closer to the top of the table and, secondly, getting some silverware in the cup competitions. That’s got to be the short-term goal.
“Personally it’s about enjoyment. The biggest thing I’ve had in my career and over the past few years is the enjoyment of playing every week, and being at a club that has demands on it and wants to be successful and go to the next level. That’s what drives me the most.”
Steven’s interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.