First Team

Sam: Fighting fit

2nd January 2015

Sam Nicholson ready to get back to his best as preparations step up a gear for tomorrow's Edinburgh derby.

Sam Nicholson believes he’s ready to put his injury hell behind him and help the Jambos continue their rich vein of Championship form.

The wing king played 90 minutes in last week’s win over Livingston, his first full game in a maroon shirt since the last Edinburgh derby at Easter Road on October 26.

Now he’s back fit and raring to go as Hibs visit Tynecastle tomorrow for the New Year’s derby.

“There’s nothing worse than being injured,” he revealed. “There’s nothing worse than actually watching it from the stands. All you can really do from the stands is hope that the team wins. You can’t really do anything else.

“I’m delighted to be back and I was glad to start last Saturday against Livingston and get game time under my belt. I’m just looking forward to the rest of the season. I just need to get more game time under my belt and see how I get on from there.

The first meeting of the season between the two sides holds a special place in Sam’s heart, after he sent the maroons on their way to another derby victory with a stunning long-range goal. He insists, however, that he’s not focused on personal glory and only cares about the team winning.

“I definitely have happy memories of the last derby at Tynecastle,” he said. “I was obviously delighted to get my goal, but I was more delighted that we actually won the game at the end of the day.

“We know how we’re going to approach this game so we’re just really looking forward to it as a team.

“The build-up to a derby game can definitely be special, but to be fair we’re just going into it treating it like every other game. It means a lot to the club and the supporters but all the boys are just looking forward to it, to be honest.

“We’ve just got to focus on our game, going into it. What Hibs done last week and what we done last week means nothing now. This is a massive game, it just matters what we do on the pitch on Saturday.”

Sam’s press conference is available to watch in full now on HeartsTV.