Frail: Pinilla to excite SPL
By James Dall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stephen Frail is sure that Mauricio Pinilla can become one of the SPL's top players
Mauricio Pinilla could well make a significant impact in the SPL next season, according to Hearts assistant manager Stephen Frail.
After making six appearances for Hearts, Pinilla went out on loan to Universidad de Chile but has now returned in time to join his team-mates at their training camp in Austria.
Speaking to the club's official website, Frail talked up Pinilla's strengths, he said: "He's a finisher, he strikes an incredibly good ball."
Frail is sure that Pinilla will become one-to-watch next season, he said: "Pinilla could excite Scottish football and certainly excite the Hearts fans."
The Hearts number two reiterated the importance of preparing Pinilla for the tough Scottish season.
Frail said: "It's all about getting him right physically and mentally for the challenge, we need to get him fit."
The Hearts assistant hinted that Pinilla could be teamed up with another striker who spent part of last season on loan - Juho Makela.
Frail added: "Maybe it might be a striker pair of Makela and Pinilla come the first game of the season."
Pinilla recently spoke of his confidence that he can succeed at Hearts.