Hearts winger David Templeton is aiming to find a higher level of consistency in the Scottish Premier League this season, starting with the opening-day fixture at home to St Johnstone on Saturday.
Templeton, 23, has been at Tynecastle for five and a half years but still wants to improve in the forthcoming campaign.
"Last season I was hoping to get a little bit more consistent but that didn't really happen then at the end of the season I got a couple of bad injuries," he said.
"Some games I played really well and in others I just wasn't involved as much so I think this season it is up to me to go and get myself involved in games and try and influence it a lot more."
Despite Hearts losing almost 20 players over the duration of the summer, with no signings being made, Templeton is targeting a challenge for second place with Rangers now out of the SPL picture.
"It will be totally different not having them in it but we have got to get on with it and look to challenge now. All the other teams around about us will be looking to secure second now and we are no different," he said.
Hearts host St Johnstone knowing the Perth side have already played two competitive fixtures, losing to Turkish side Eskisehirspor in the Europa League second qualifying round but Templeton believes it does not necessarily give the visitors an advantage.
"I'm not sure, obviously competitive games are a lot different from playing friendlies and having those two games might make a difference, but I'm sure all the boys in our dressing room will tell you different and they will all be buzzing to go into this game," he said.
New Jambos boss John McGlynn will be working with a host of young players due to the financial constraints at the club, but Templeton is happy with the new formation and tactics set out by the 50-year-old.
He said: "I like the system a lot, I like to come inside and if I do go down the line then I've got Sutts (John Sutton) to aim for in the middle. If it's a smaller striker there then it's harder, that's why I liked to come inside a lot last season. Now I've got that option to hit the byline and I'm sure Sutton will get on the end of the crosses."
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