DANNY WILSON will take just two weeks of holiday this summer to ensure he is fully fit to start the new season with Hearts.
The defender has signed a three-year contract to make his loan move from Liverpool permanent and pledged to work relentlessly during the close season to regain fitness following a thigh injury. A four-centimetre tear in his thigh muscle ended Wilson’s season prematurely in April, but he is now back training at Riccarton despite his team-mates being on holiday. The player will take a fortnight’s break himself next week and then resume training once he is back in Edinburgh.
Having missed many games whilst out of favour at Liverpool in recent seasons, Wilson explained why he is hell-bent on regaining fitness and being fully prepared for the new campaign.
“I’ll only get a couple of weeks, but it’s not something I’m really bothered about,” he told the Evening News. “I’ve missed a lot of football, so the most important thing is to be fully fit for the start of the new season. I suffered a four centimetre tear in my thigh and I tried to get myself fit for the derby earlier this month, but it was no good.
“They [Hearts’ medical staff]decided just to shut me down for the season. I’m back doing ball work now. The squad comes back for pre-season training on June 27 so I’m aiming to be right in amongst it by then.
“I’m still training just now, then I go on holiday for a couple of weeks. When I come back I’ll be back in training each day, waiting for the boys to come back for pre-season. I want to get myself to a good fitness level because missing the last few weeks of the season was a blow.”
Captain Marius Zaliukas and his central-defensive partner Andy Webster are out of
contract this summer, leaving Wilson as the only centre-back of any real experience on Hearts’ books at the moment. It could also leave the captaincy up for grabs come the start of the new season.
“It’s not something I’d ever shy away from but that’s the manager’s decision,” said
Wilson. “We have players who have years of service here, like Jamie MacDonald and others. I’d imagine they’ll be in the running for the captaincy
rather than me.”