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Hearts aim to be 'ahead of the game' with signings - Naismith

Steven Naismith says Hearts were too "reactive" in their recruitment during his playing days as he looks to be "ahead of the game" as head coach.

The Tynecastle club have already completed deals that will see Blair Spittal, Yan Dhanda and James Penrice arrive from Premiership opponents to Gorgie in the summer.

“I’m not going to talk about individual players (who have agreed pre-contracts), but one of the biggest things I took from when I was a player here was that the turnover of players each season, and when that happened, was so reactive," Naismith said.

“We can’t be reactive, we want to be ahead of the game. We want to be in a position where we know the areas within the next year to 18 months we might need to strengthen, whether it be for competition for places, because we feel somebody might move on, or somebody’s coming to the end.

“It’s never going to be perfect, it’s not been perfect, but we’ll do as much homework and research as we can to get the deals done.

“The two windows I’ve been involved in have taught us that the quicker you get players in, the more comfortable they get in their surroundings quicker, and they understand what you want from them. For signings, we want to do things as quickly as we can.”