Hearts’ new football development manager Steven Naismith hopes to bring ‘a positive dynamic’ behind the scenes at Tynecastle after the former Everton star retired from football.

Naismith first joined Hearts on loan in 2018 before signing a permanent contract in 2019. The forward enjoyed a brilliant playing career with Kilmarnock, Rangers, Everton Norwich City and Hearts, alongside 51 appearances for Scotland. He now retires at 34 to help Tynecastle youngsters move into senior football.

Everton hero Steven Naismith has called it a day.

Everton hero Steven Naismith has called it a day. (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The former Everton and Scotland forward said: “I am fortunate and delighted that Hearts see me as someone that can bring a positive dynamic to the football development structure at the club, where I will be assisting and shaping the development of players making their way towards the first team.

“That point of transition is a very big one, as I know that from personal experience. The players need not only to be right technically and physically but also mentally. I look forward to working with the players at Hearts and the directors, management, coaching, analysts, medical and science staff to give the manager the type of first-team ready players that can enhance the selection options he has.

“I have had great experiences and opportunities to learn from many great players, coaches, managers, analysts, sports scientists, doctors, physios, fitness, strength and speed coaches at club and international level.

“I will look to bring that experience and learning to the role and also seek to continue my path of ongoing education and self-development that have been part of my career to date. I am truly excited by this new opportunity and thank Hearts for this offer to move to the next stage of my career.”

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