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Naismith turned down Championship clubs to rejoin Hearts on loan from City

PUBLISHED: 11:22 08 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:23 08 July 2018

Steven Naismith has returned to Hearts on loan from Norwich City Picture: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Steven Naismith has returned to Hearts on loan from Norwich City Picture: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

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Daniel Farke has wished Steven Naismith well for the remainder of his career after completing his loan exit, with the Scot revealing he turned down Championship clubs to go back to Hearts.

The 31-year-old forward completed a season-long loan return to the Scottish premiership side on Friday, where he spent the second half of last season.

The switch keeps Naismith in Scotland for the final year of his Canaries contract, with Hearts covering a proportion of the Scotland international’s wages, effectively bringing an end to an unsuccessful time with City since his £8.5million move from Everton in January 2016.

“In general I think it’s best for both parties, for him because he can now concentrate on his career in Scotland and also for us it is sorted,” Farke said after seeing his team start pre-season with a 2-1 win at King’s Lynn.

“So I wish him all the best, as I’ve said several times I think he is a really disciplined and experienced player with a big career, a real professional and we wish him all the best for the future.”

MORE: Hearts boss ‘thrilled’ to complete loan deal as Naismith’s unsuccessful City career comes to an end

Naismith scored four goals in 16 games for the Edinburgh side and had options to go elsewhere this summer.

“I had offers in England, that was there if I wanted it but I’ve never been one to say, ‘ach I’ll just do that’,” he told the Sunday Herald. “They were offers from the Championship but it never went in to too much detail because it wasn’t really something that I was interested in. I sat and thought about my next move and this was the one that suited me best.

“When you are a youngster it is all about driving to get to the best you can and play at the best level and make the most money you can.

“As you get older those things are less at the high end of the list compared to your family life and what you get out of football.

“There were no negatives last season and that was partly to do with how the gaffer manages us older players and also with what the club gives back in terms of facilities, the stadium, players and what they want your role to be.

“I still know I can play at a high level and if I can bring that to Hearts then hopefully we can be successful with the rest of the squad.”

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