It’s Naisy de­ci­sion to re­turn

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Sports -

Steven Nai smith has re­vealed he re­jected of­fers from clubs in the English Cham­pi­onship to re­turn to Hearts on loan.

The Scot­land striker agreed a sea­son-long re­turn to Tynecas­tle on Fri­day.

He spent the sec­ond half of last term on loan from Nor­wich and scored four goals in 16 ap­pear­ances for Craig Levein’s side.

It will bring to an end a six- year stint in English foot­ball as his con­tract at Car­row Road is due to ex­pire next sum­mer.

The 31-year-old, who left Rangers for Ever­ton in 2012, ad­mits a re­turn to Scot­land was more ap­peal­ing than re­main­ing in Engl ish foot­ball’s sec­ond tier.

He said: “There were of­fers from the Cham­pi­onship but I never looked at them in much de­tail be­cause I wasn’t re­ally in­ter­ested.

“I thought hard about my next move and this was the one that suited me best.

“When you are young it is all about play­ing at the best level and mak­ing the most money. As you get older th­ese are less im­por­tant than your fam­ily life and what you get out of foot­ball.

“There were no neg­a­tives last sea­son at Hearts.

“I can play at a high level and if I can bring that to the club then hope­fully we can be suc­cess­ful. I feel good. It’s more about main­te­nance th­ese days and I aim to be as in­volved as I can be.”

NAI­SMITH Jam­bos loan

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