Naismith on new recruitment drive, Vargas' potential and injury update

Hearts head coach Steven Naismith has been speaking to the media ahead of his side's meetingb with Kilmarnock at Tynecastle on Saturday.

Here are the key points:

  • Pleased Hearts are "ahead of the game" in their recruitment for next season after agreeing pre-contracts with Blair Spittal, Yan Dhanda and James Penrice.

  • During his playing days at Tynecastle, he says the clubs were too "reactive" in their recruitment strategies - something he's tried to change as head coach.

  • His aim is to improve the players that are already part of the squad while adding quality in key areas efficiently.

  • Kenneth Vargas "ticks every box" Hearts want in a signing, with the Costa Rican's five-year deal signed this week emphasising how much of a "big prospect" the 21-year-old is.

  • Frankie Kent and Calem Nieuwenhof are both in contention to make their return from injury on Saturday. Liam Boyce is back running in training, while Peter Haring and Craig Halkett have both undergone surgery.