Tony Watt dons the cover of the official Heart of Midlothian FC matchday programme for Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership match against Motherwell.
The on-loan Charlton Athletic striker reveals his desire to get back to his best and repay the Hearts faithful for the great support they have shown him since his arrival in the summer.
We also go behind the scenes at the new Oriam Performance Centre at Riccarton as Hearts’ Head of Sports Science, John Hill, lifts the lid on the team’s strength and conditioning programme. From recovery sessions in hydrotherapy pools to tailored individual plans, nothing is left to chance.
As ever there are no shortage of excellent columns from our regular contributors. In Terrace Talk, Hearts TV commentator Laurie Dunsire takes a look at former Jambos who gained national caps for Scotland during their Hearts days.
Elsewhere, Gary Cowen once again delves into his programme archive to explore Hearts’ two European fixtures against AEK Athens back in 2006.
Club Historian David Speed, meanwhile, unlocks more gems from the Hearts Archive as he tells the tale of John Wilson; a dominant defender who signed for the Jambos in 1914.
Club legend John Robertson looks back at a previous encounter against Motherwell in his ‘Robbo Reminisces’ column. The match in question is the 4th round Scottish Cup tie against The Steelmen back in February 1990 which saw Hearts run out convincing 4-0 winners.
As always, the programme features the thoughts of Ann Budge, Robbie Neilson and Captain Perry Kitchen ahead of the match. Hearts U20s coach Jon Daly gives us the lowdown on his development side and Robbie Muirhead answers some quick-fire questions in ‘Getting to know’.
All this and much, much more can be found in Saturday’s 84-page programme. Pick up your copy around the ground prior to kick-off for just £3.50.