Black out to impress
Ian Black is hoping to impress Csaba Laszlo quickly in order to secure regular football at Hearts.
Last Updated: 03/07/09 12:13pm
Hearts' new signing Ian Black is hoping to impress manager Csaba Laszlo quickly in order to secure regular football at Tynecastle.
The 24-year-old has completed his free transfer move from Inverness this month after rejecting the chance to prolong his Caley Thistle stay.
Black is happy playing any role Laszlo wants and is desperate to play in their SPL season opener against Dundee United on 15th August.
Place for myself
"I'm here to try and make a place for myself in this squad. I wouldn't like to say I am going to bring anything in particular, whatever I am asked to do hopefully I will do it," he told the club's official website.
"The side isn't really missing anything, the boys have done great over the past season and I can't knock them. But the manager has brought me in to do a job and he'll sit down and speak with me and watch me during pre-season. And whatever he asks me I will do to the best of my ability.
"It is not just going to be a challenge for me, it will be a challenge for everybody. I wouldn't like to think any player has a starting position for the start of the season already.
"We have pre-season to work hard and I'll be the same as everyone else, working hard to impress the manager in the games we have.
"Whoever he selects for the first game of the season against Dundee United will be right and if I am in that side I will be delighted."
Black arrives at Hearts with a reputation of being a midfield hard-man, but he insists there is much more to his game than muscling other players off the ball.
"I like to think of myself as a bit of a quiet boy now!" he continued.
"I like to get on the ball, that's one of the good things about my game, I like to pass and keep the ball. But everybody needs that bit of grit and I am quite happy I have that as well.
"It's just great to finally be here. The summer was the hardest bit. Every player wants it to come - but I just wanted it to end so I could be involved here."