New Hearts winger Jamie Walker has given his opinion on the differences between the Tynecastle side and his former employers Wigan.

The winger arrived back at Tynecastle this summer following on from a difficult 18 months with the Latics.

Walker is a Hearts man once more. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Whilst he endured a hard spell down south, Walker admits going down to Wigan injured didn’t help. He also doesn’t see much difference in standard between the EFL and the SPFL.

Walker told NTOF: “I went down there injured and there were a lot of good players there. I found it hard to break in and I was comfortable in my surroundings here.

“It brought out the best in me. I’m delighted to be back, I never had a good spell when I went down there. I’m delighted to be back and hopefully I can get back playing.

Back in maroon. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“The top clubs like Hearts and Aberdeen, Celtic and Rangers, would do very well down there. The gulf from the bottom to the top is obviously a bit bigger than down there. I wouldn’t say the difference is massive.”

Walker comes back to Hearts from Wigan ‘mentally stronger’

26-year-old Walker managed just 26 appearances across his spell with Wigan and a loan spell with Peterborough United. It was a testing time as he was forced to watch many matches on the sideline.

Now nearing full fitness and hungry for game time, Walker has opened up on what his Wigan spell taught him.

He’ll be hoping for more game like this. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He said: “I think I’m maybe mentally stronger. I’ve been through a tough time and it was maybe something I lacked when I was here before was being mentally tough.

“As I’ve said before, I’m delighted to be back and hopefully I can do well again here.”

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