Why Hearts have no friendly matches planned for Tenerife pre-season camp

Hearts boss Steven Naismith
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Steven Naismith admits he's prioritised training sessions over friendly games for the club's pre-season camp in Tenerife.

Hearts have already added six new faces this summer with Ryan Fulton, Daniel Oyegoke, James Penrice, Yan Dhanda, Blair Spittal and Musa Drammeh all checking into Tynecastle. And Naismith is keen to integrate his new signings into the squad as quickly as possible.

The Jambos played out a 2-2 draw with Partick Thistle in a closed-doors friendly on Wednesday and have another three friendlies lined up against against Leyton Orient, Tottenham Hotspur and Fleetwood Town. One or two more could still be announced before next month's Premiership curtain-raiser against Rangers but they won't be played in the Canary Islands.

Naismith explained: "I've got some personal experience of being out there for training. It's got some benefits and some drawbacks. You find it harder to get a game. We've managed to structure pre-season with getting so many bodies in earlier so that we can focus on the training and detail of what we want when we are away - without having that issue of trying to fit the game in and how much work you do before it.

"The conditions and the training complex we are going to are really good. The players will work really hard but there will be rest time for them as well. There is enough there to entertain the players and make them relax, rather than being stuck in a hotel room on your downtime and waiting until the next session. They can go out and enjoy a meal or whatever close by."