Sport: Lawrence Shankland explains Hearts transfer and his Belgian learning curves after tough season

Lawrence Shankland explains THAT Hearts pic as Jambos new number nine reflects on Beerschot spell

  Lawrence Shankland explains THAT Hearts pic as Jambos new number nine reflects on Beerschot spell Shankland also had a surprising admission about Tynecastle after signing a three-year deal with HeartsThe Scotland striker will now pull on the maroon as the Jambos’ new number nine after penning a three-year deal. The Tynecastle club have paid an undisclosed fee to bring him back to the Scottish Premiership from Beerschot in Belgium, where he headed last summer in a £1million move from Dundee United.

Lawrence Shankland didn't get it all his way while at Beerschot - but the new Hearts striker insists it provided him with plenty of lessons that could be beneficial long-term.

Lawrence Shankland speaks to press during Hearts media access at the Oriam © SNS Group Lawrence Shankland speaks to press during Hearts media access at the Oriam

The Scotland international is in line for a competitive Tynecastle debut this afternoon when the Jambos begin their Premiership campaign at home against Ross County. Shankland joined Belgian side Beerschot from Dundee United last year but it didn't turn out as planned, scoring five times with four assists in a term where they suffered relegation from their First Division after coming in rock bottom.

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Now at Hearts where a push for European football is on after securing group stage football until Christmas for this season last term, Shankland says he's eager to learn from his last 12 months.

He said: “I’m still glad I did that but it’s nice to be home and nice to be back at a big club. In a weird way there were good parts to it.

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“Overall it was a disappointing season for the team. I just had to take positives from it for myself and try and learn as much as I could while I was there, and try and improve myself coming back here.

“Hopefully over the season there will be things that come up that I can look back and say, ‘I probably learned that over in Belgium."

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  Trio of English Championship clubs keen on Hearts target as Robbie Neilson resigned to missing out on striker A trio of English Championship clubs are eyeing up a move for former Hearts loanee Ellis Simms. © Hearts are unlikely to re-sign Ellis Simms. (Photo by Paul Devlin / SNS Group) The Everton striker had a productive loan stint at Tynecastle Park in the second half of last season, hitting seven goals in 20 appearances, including one in the Scottish Cup semi-final win over Hibs.Robbie Neilson is keen to bring the 21-year-old back to the club but is resigned to Simms moving elsewhere.

It was a tough season but Shankland's move follows a recent trend of Scottish players going abroad to try their hand. It's something the former Ayr United forward approves of.

He added: "Overall it was a challenging season but I am still glad I did it. It's a different culture, there's a lot to take in and learn. It was something I enjoyed and I would encourage people to do it if they get the chance."

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The Jambos travel to Easter Road looking to put a marker down against their capital rivals. After a hugely successful season last term they will be determined to do even better this time around. Hearts picked up an opening day win against Ross County at Tynecastle last week and will be looking to make it back-to-back league triumphs when they come up against the Hibees. Lee Johnson is in the dugout for the first time for the blockbuster clash as he locks horns with Neilson and Co. His troops won at St Johnstone last week to go into the derby full of confidence.

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