Hearts send players to Gullane beach for pre-season work-out

The Hearts players were this morning heading to Gullane to undergo a gruelling workout on the beach.

Wednesday, 27th June 2018, 6:30 am
Hearts will be undergoing some pre-season work at Gullane beach. Pic: TSPL

Craig Levein has made no secret of the fact he wants to improve his squad’s fitness levels this summer. After almost a week of training at Riccarton, they will today be put through their paces on the East Lothian sand dunes, a ritual which used to be a staple part of many Scottish clubs’ pre-season programmes. With Hearts not embarking on any pre-season tours this summer, Levein expects the players to benefit from a hard day’s graft in a fresh environment as they prepare for the start of their Betfred Cup campaign next month.

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“It’ll just be basic fitness work,” the manager told the Evening News. “I remember doing it when I was a player and I feel it’s got its merits. It was always a tough day, but really enjoyable. They’ve been at the training ground since they came back last week, and that can get a bit ‘same old....’ so it’s good to get away and get something different, a change of scenery. I’m sure the players will enjoy themselves, to a degree!”