Hearts have received a serious boost in the run-up to the start of the new season. Striker Steven Naismith played in a behind closed doors match against St Mirren, which the Tynecastle side won 7-1.

The Evening News reports that Naismith played for ‘just over an hour’ in the game. He also played as a trialist, as he has yet to formally sign a contract with the Jambos.

One of Hearts’ best players last season

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The return of Naismith to the first-team would be a real boost for Hearts. He was undeniably one of Hearts’ best and most important players last season.

Hearts struggled when he wasn’t in the team, and as he had two operations last season, he missed a lot of football.

However, it seems like he is on his back to fitness. First of all though, he has to sign a deal with the Tynecastle club.

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A fillip to the club when deal is announced

It would be a fillip to the Hearts’ support if Naismith’s permanent deal was announced this week. It would be a boost ahead of Sunday’s visit to Aberdeen in the opening league game of the season.

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That game is probably too soon for Naismith to be involved with. However, it seemingly won’t be long before he wears the Hearts jersey once again.

That day won’t be soon enough for the support and presumably for Craig Levein as well, as he could make a big difference to Hearts this season.


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