David Templeton is loving life in John McGlynn’s new system at Hearts and is vowing to get target man John Sutton among the goals.
The Hearts winger was frustrated by injury and fluctuating form last term, resulting in him missing out on a place in the Scottish Cup final win over Hibs in May.
Now Templeton is hoping to thrive in McGlynn’s 4-3-3 formation, getting wide and whipping in crosses to the number nine in the middle.
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 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.”
Templeton is likely to start on the right of the system, with Andrew Driver on the left.
The pair will be pushed all the way though by talented kids Jamie Walker and Arvydas Novikovas, with Templeton admitted he will have to be on his game to keep his place.
He added: “The competition is one of those things that makes you play better because you know that if you have one bad game that could be you out.
“I’ve got to perform every week to keep my place.”
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