Robbie Neilson believes his team is in a good place as their time in Largs draws to a close.
The Jambos have spent a week training in the west of Scotland, taking in two pre-season friendlies in the process.
Praising his side’s work ethic, the manager feels getting the group away to bond may prove crucial with the season opener against Peterhead on the horizon.
Speaking to the Official Hearts Website, Robbie said: "We felt it was really important to get the group away to spend some time together. Team bonding is massive in football and opportunities to do it have been limited given everything that has been going on in the past year.
"I’m really pleased with the way the week has gone. There has been a lot of hard work done on the training pitch and it was good to get another couple of games under our belts.
"Everyone in the group got some minutes on the pitch against either Ayr United or Falkirk and that’s crucial as we continue to build towards peak levels of fitness.
"We were able to bring Stephen Kingsley and Jordan Roberts in after both had been out for a while with injuries, and for them to play and not feel any ill effects is great, as has been some of the younger players stepping up and becoming part of the group.
"We head back to Edinburgh in a good place and focus now turns to the Premier Sports Cup game at Peterhead on Saturday and making sure that we get off to a good start this season."